With only a handful of ballots left to process this week, the truth was made clear: Spokane Transit Authority’s proposed sales-tax increase will not pass.
As of last Friday, the Spokane County Election’s Office only had 50 ballots left to count this week. While the results of the April 28 special election won’t be made official until next Tuesday, elections officials say the odds of a reversal are long.
Votes broke down to 38,036 for and 38,629 against in the last count – 50.39 percent to 49.61 percent, respectively.
The gap had narrowed from the first count on election night, just not enough.
STA sought a .3-percent increase on its service area sales taxes in order to expand service in various areas – including Spokane Valley – as well as modernize equipment and replace older buses. A portion of the package would have provided matching funds for an anticipated $72 million electric trolley that would have ran between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College.
In other election news, East Valley School District voters affirmed a levy vote for replacement voters by nearly 54 percent.