The Progressive Voters Guide provides useful information about candidates and ballot measures along with the endorsements of Washington's leading progressive organizations. Please vote and mail in your ballot by Tuesday, April 22!
King County: Proposition 1
Vote YES to Save Metro
King County Metro transit is essential to our economy, our environment, and our communities. More than 400,000 people rely on Metro to get to school, work, and medical appointments everyday. Yet without action, Metro faces drastic cuts to bus service that would strand thousands of seniors, parents, students, people with disabilities, and others without any transportation options. Proposition 1 will prevent these cuts by filling the 17 percent budget gap with an additional $40 car tab fee (or $20 less for low-income car owners) and a 0.1 percent sales tax increase. In addition, Proposition 1 will temporarily reduce the new low-income bus fare to $1.25. If we do not approve Proposition 1, these cuts will impact 80 percent of King County bus riders and will add 30,000 more cars on the road. We need to approve Proposition 1 and save transit options for thousands of King County families.
Lake Washington School Bond
Vote YES on School Construction Bond
Our schools are the foundation of our children's futures. The Lake Washington School District is proposing a $404 million bond to address enrollment growth and overcrowded classrooms. It will be used to build three new elementary schools (two in Redmond and one in Kirkland) and a new middle school in Redmond. Juanita High School in Kirkland would be rebuilt to house a larger number of students, and a 600-student STEM-focused high school would also be built on that campus. Lake Washington High School would also be expanded. The cost to taxpayers is estimated at 25 cents per thousand dollars of assessed home value, or $124 per year. Vote to approve the Lake Washington school bond.
A bond proposed in February received more than 57 percent of the vote, but needed 60 percent to pass. The school district is returning with this scaled back proposal.
MetroParks Tacoma: Proposition 1
Neighborhood Parks and Zoo Improvements Safety Upgrades Bond
Quality parks give our community healthy opportunities to play, learn, and grow. This 20-year $198 million parks and recreation bond would renovate and improve parks, deteriorating playgrounds, sports playfields, natural areas and trails, and family community centers. It would also help preserve Point Defiance Park, Zoo and Aquarium, including critical animal-support systems and replacement of a failing 51-year old aquarium, and provide funding to improve 12 waterfront acres at the Point Defiance Park. The MetroParks bond requires 60 percent supermajority to pass. Vote to APPROVE Proposition #1.
2014 Everett Public Schools Bond Measure
Vote YES on Everett Public Schools Bond
Schools are the central foundation of our community and our kids' future. They ensure the next generation has the opportunity to prosper and become the leaders of tomorrow. When approved, this $259.4 million, 40-year bond will modernize North Middle School, Woodside Elementary School, improve Cascade High School, and build an entirely new elementary school and high school to help solve issues of overcrowding. It also provides critical safety improvements, technology upgrades, and some sports facility upgrades at both Cascade and Jackson high schools. This bond should be approved so we can continue to attract families and the leaders of tomorrow to our community by providing the best education possible.
Spokane Valley: Proposition 1
Establish Library District for Spokane Valley and Millwood
This measure establishes a new library district necessary to fund libraries in Spokane County. Proposition 1 is a companion to Proposition 2, which provides the funding for library expansions.
Spokane Valley: Proposition 2
Vote YES to Finance New and Expanded Libraries
Libraries are a critical resource for our communities to come together and learn. They ensure that everyone in our communities has access to information, learning, and reading. Proposition 2 would approve a 20-year, $22 million bond to finance new and expanded libraries in the Spokane Valley, Millwood, and some unincorporated areas. This includes the construction of a replacement Spokane Valley Library, a new Veradale/Greenacres Library, and an Argonne Library expansion. From story times for our kids to computers and online databases to help with job searches, libraries are an essential part of our communities. Both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 should be approved.