Lovick leading; other races of note
John Lovick was defeating his challenger to remain as Snohomish County executive, Lynnwood voters were rejecting a city sales-tax increase, Bothell residents rejected a $42 million bond measure, and four state Supreme Court justices were re-elected.
By Seattle Times staff
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was defeating Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick by a wide margin Tuesday night, with 56 percent of the vote.
Lovick, a former Snohomish County sheriff, was appointed to the position after Aaron Reardon resigned last year. The winner would finish the rest of Reardon’s term.
Tax hike losing in Lynnwood
Lynnwood was rejecting a city sales-tax hike that would make its combined sales tax the highest in the state at 9.7 percent. Some 51.4 percent of voters were rejecting the measure.
Proposition 1 would give the city’s Transportation Benefit District more money for road improvements such as the proposed widening for 196th Street Southwest, south of Alderwood mall. Supporters said the tax would bring in about $4 million a year in extra city revenue.
Supporters of the measure argued it was fair to ask nonresidents to contribute to the cost of the city’s transportation projects because so many of them flock to shopping centers in the city, such as Alderwood mall.
Lynnwood residents already pay a $20 car-tab fee.
Opponents said the city is so dependent on sales-tax revenue from outsiders that a spike in the sales tax might have a negative effect on city revenue.
Among those opponents is former Lynnwood City Councilmember Ted Hikel, who recently filed a lawsuit against the city’s Transportation Benefit District Board alleging that it voted to put the measure on the ballot without clearly indicating on the meeting agenda that a vote was possible.
Bothell rejects Prop. 1
Bothell’s ambitious vision for a downtown makeover may not happen as soon as city planners initially hoped, after residents rejected a $42 million bond measure.
The Secretary of State’s Office reported that only 44 percent of voters supported the measure, which needed 60 percent to pass.
Prop. 1 would have increased property taxes by $9.68 a month for the owner of a $300,000 home to pay for the purchase of park land throughout the city and fund improvements to downtown thoroughfares for cars, bikes and pedestrians.
About $100 million has already been spent on a $150 million vision to revamp the city’s downtown, one that went through a lengthy public review that ended with city approval in 2007.
The projects have wide support, but critics complained about the cost to residents and preferred that developers pay for improvements to downtown instead.
Supporters said it’s unrealistic to attract developers to the area without using public money and projects to lure them to the area first.
4 justices re-elected
Four state Supreme Court justices were re-elected Tuesday night.
Justices Mary Yu and Mary Fairhurst were unopposed.
Debra Stephens and Charles Johnson faced little-known challengers.