Staff reporter Mike Lindblom
The King County Road Services Division expects to lay off 54 workers in the roads division and leave 11 more jobs unfilled next year, due to lower tax receipts. That would leave 414 employees.
As unincorporated communities are annexed into suburban cities, the county has gotten a smaller share of the tax pie – but still owns 1,500 miles of roads. Economic slowdowns reduced property tax and gas tax income, the county says.
A mere 11 miles of county roads are being repaved this year, fewer potholes were filled, and some rural roads will turn to gravel, the department said.
County Executive Dow Constantine blamed state lawmakers for failing to allow counties to seek new taxing sources, and said he’ll try again in 2013.