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Public gives more than two hours of testimony on transportation district

From a press release:

An overflow audience filled Sound Transit’s Ruth Fisher Boardroom and spilled into the Great Hall of Union Station tonight for a special meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council.

The public gave more than two hours of testimony on the proposed legislation before the Council that would establish a transportation benefit district (TBD) that would have the authority to ask the voters to provide funding to maintain Metro Transit service and support the King County’s transportation infrastructure.

“The public’s voice is critical to helping the Council make a decision on whether to form a Transportation Benefit District to send a transportation funding measure to the ballot,” said Council Chair Larry Phillips said in a press release. “I thank everyone who came out to testify and value their input.”

“Tonight's public comments provide a crucial step towards transparency and communication,” said Council Vice Chair Jane Hague. “I will continue to listen to citizens, cities, businesses and regional partners as the council deliberates transportation issues.”

“I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight. Your voices will help guide us as our conversations continue,” said Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott.

“Tonight's meeting was an an excellent opportunity for me to listen to the public on this important piece of legislation,” said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, chair of the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. “We heard from a number of concerned citizens, and I look forward to hearing from more folks as we continue to consider this issue.

Earlier, the Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee sent to the full Council for final action legislation that would create a Transportation Benefit District that could ask voters to approve a tax measure that would support existing Metro Transit bus service levels and fund the maintenance of local roads in King County.

Also presented during the committee was a proposed motion expressing the Council’s support for a ballot measure for local transportation funding through a countywide TBD.

In a special night meeting of the Council, members heard over two hours of testimony as more than 250 people came to give their comments on the TBD creation proposal. People also took this opportunity to voice their opinions on Metro service and the state of the county’s roads.

The public can continue to provide written testimony online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/testimony

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