On The Go: Transit Setback

When I wrote this yesterday…

And yet, I’d never come to the overall positive view of Bellingham that I have if I interpreted every setback as the beginning to the end or the continuation of everything bad I’ve read in the past. To use an apt metaphor, doing so it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, to see the many good things that happen, large and small, everyday.

…I had no idea that my resolve to stay optimistic would be challenged so soon.

Whatcom County voters narrowly rejecting WTA tax increase
JARED PABEN / THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Voters were very narrowly rejecting a measure to raise the local sales tax for Whatcom Transportation Authority, according to early elections returns Tuesday, April 27.

A total of 50.29 percent of voters were against the increase, and 49.71 percent were in support of it, according to the first count by the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office.

Only 274 ballots separated them, of 47,536 counted so far.

The only measure in the special election, Proposition 1 asked Whatcom County voters whether they want to raise the local sales tax by two-tenths of 1 percent for WTA, which says that bus service cuts will be necessary without the increase. The increase would cost an extra 20 cents for a $100 purchase in taxable goods.

It will be tremendously sad if WTA has to cut bus service, including all Sunday service, just because people aren’t willing to pay an extra two-tenths of 1 percent sales tax.

Here’s hoping the Yes votes catch up!

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