SLIDESHOW: County Council postpones decision on car-tab fee that was subject of Burien hearing
SLIDESHOW: Click on the above image to see several more images captured by Eric Mathison.
After hearing about 100 speakers in Burien a week earlier testifying about the importance of bus service, the King County Council voted July 25 to postpone a decision on increasing car-tab fees.
There were enough votes to place the proposed temporary fee on the November ballot, but supporters were one vote shy of a supermajority that would have adopted the tax without a vote of the people.
The council is expected to discuss the fee on Aug. 15.
Frank Abe, spokesman for County Executive Dow Constantine commented, "The County Council is still working on this issue, and the Executive appreciates the willingness of Councilmembers to take more time to carefully consider the merits.
"Clearly the hundreds who turned out to speak with one voice for a rescue of Metro bus service made a difference, and we thank them for their passion and commitment.
"The Executive looks forward to working with the Council toward an outcome that preserves transit, keeps people moving and helps get our regional economy back on track."
Our slideshow looks back on the Burien hearing that attracted around 350 people.