New ballot counts Wednesday afternoon show tiny percentage gains and an insurmountable deficit for Proposition 1, the King County measure to increase sales tax and car-tab fee, to fund buses and roads.
Proposition 1 now has 187,324 yes votes, 0r 45.49 percent; the no side has 224,441 votes, or 54.51 percent. That compares to 44.72 percent approval in the first counts Tuesday night.
Already, transit supporters in Seattle are preparing a city-only initiative, to raise property taxes and pay for in-city bus service. County officials have warned of a 16 percent service cut to King County Metro Transit, without new sources of revenue.