The first round of election results are in and the Proposition 1 decision is too close to call in Pierce County, with 49.19 percent of voters approving the measure and 50.85 percent rejecting it.
What's at stake?
Pierce Transit depends on sales tax revenues for 71 percent of its operations. In the last four years, sales tax revenue has declined.
Without additional funding, Pierce Transit will have to cut service by 53 percent.
Proposition 1 would increase local sales taxes by 0.3 percent in Pierce County, or 3 cents for every $10 taxable purchase. That represents the final funding allotment Pierce Transit is allowed to ask from residents. Proposition 1 would preserve current service levels and work toward the goal of providing financially sustainable public transportation.
Here are the numbers:Vote
Approved 47,264 49.15% Rejected 48,907 50.85%