Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Councilmember Rasmussen’s statement on rejection of Prop. 1’s proposed vehicle license fee
SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, released the following statement on the voter rejection of Seattle’s Prop. 1, relating to the propose $60 vehicle license fee:
"It’s clear that voters support better transit and safer streets, but it’s also apparent that we need more progressive options for how cities fund building our transportation systems. That’s why despite tonight’s setback, this is just the beginning.
"The City’s needs are still out there and we are dedicated to getting this right. We must address under-maintained streets, roads without sidewalks, inefficient transit service, and under-funded pedestrian, bicycle, freight and transit master plans.
"We’re living in very challenging economic times and as the economy upswing continues to drag, we will continue to engage in an honest conversation about what we need to do as a city to thrive and fund transportation needs. We’re looking forward to continuing this conversation and figuring out how we can work together to build a transportation system that will make Seattle work for our future."
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