From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life
You’ve had that ballot for weeks.
It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.
As we wrote in October:
Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.
But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.
Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.
For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.
If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.
Specifically on the transportation levy:
If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.