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UPDATE: Shoreline Proposition 1 is Passing Handily

Shoreline voters are voting to authorize the City of Shoreline to acquire SPU water services in Shoreline

UPDATE: With 16,935 votes counted as of Wednesday evening, Prop. 1 continues to lead by a big margin.

King County election results show that 70.07 of voters, a total of 11,868 so far, approve authorizing the city to move forward in acquiring the Seattle Public Utilities' water system west of I-5.

Only 29.92 of voters or 5,067 tallied so far want to reject the measure a very small increase from Tuesday night.

The proposed acquistion, which had clear support this past summer according to a city survey, is far from a done deal yet and negotiations with the City of Seattle and Seattle City Council will continue.

Look to Patch for more coverage of the issue in the coming days. Please post any questions you have and we'll try to get them answered.

Original story:

 

Early returns show that voters in Shoreline are approving Proposition No. 1 which would authorize the City's acquisition of Seattle water services in Shoreline.

With more than 15,000 ballots counted, 70.12 percent of the voters are approving Proposition 1 and 29.87 percent are voting to reject it. 

Mayor Keith McGlashan said he was hoping to get 60 percent of the vote so the early returns were validating for the Council who all supported the proposition.

"It shows people are excited about what's going on in the city and they want to control their own destiny," McGlashan said. 

"They want to be independent," he added, and referred to the vote in 1994 to incorporate as a city.

The next step is to get an agreement with the Seattle City Council, he said. 

This past summer, the Shoreline City Council passed Ordinance No. 644 concerning the City of Shoreline’s acquisition and operation of water services of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) within Shoreline west of Interstate 5.

With voter approval, the Ordinance authorizes Shoreline to acquire SPU water services in Shoreline without increasing projected rates. The $26.6 million acquisition in 2020 and $14.2 million in pre-acquisition improvements (without adjustment for inflation) would be financed by water rates in Shoreline’s new service area. The Ordinance would remove the current surcharge and utility tax paid by Shoreline customers to Seattle. Shoreline local control of rates, upgrades, and water supply for firefighting would replace Seattle control.

Critcs charge that there are too many financial questions that remain unanswered about the acquisition, and question the Seattle City Council's intent to sell the system to Shoreline. 

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Washington Election Results 2012

Cosmo November 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Wow, Tom. After your first comment I thought you were gracious, now I see you are actually very bitter. That is quite a venomous reply. I hope that time will heal your wounds.
Tracy Tallman November 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I too hope that time will heal wounds on this one. There has been a lot of acrimony on Shoreline Patch over this issue, but thankfully that acrimony did not extend to the general public. I hope that Ronald Wastewater and Shoreline Water will also take heed of this vote as they've spent a lot of ratepayer revenue fighting this ballot issue and it is time for us all to come together. I'm looking forward to having the Shoreline utilities consolidated. To me it just makes good sense and I trust the City of Shoreline, both those elected and the City staff, to approach this wisely. They've done a good job running the City and I think they will also do well as they proceed with the SPU acquisition. Thanks Doris for all that you did to make this happen.
one opinion November 08, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I agree with Tracy's first four sentences. Let's hope that the city can do a better job of giving us an objective view of what lies ahead, even if it means allowing an unbiased party to do so. There were too many holes in their story on this proposition, and IMO they benefited from the "local control" argument they used more than the particulars, which I doubt most voters were aware of in our virtually only-online-media city.
Wendy DiPeso November 08, 2012 at 03:48 AM
According to comments made by the Seattle City Council everyone in the SPU service area (Including Shoreline) can expect a 2 - 4% increase in rates above and beyond the scheduled rate increases that had already been approved if the sale goes through. We still don't know what the purchase price will be.
Tony Dondero November 08, 2012 at 09:20 AM
I've posed some questions to city staff: Julie Underwood, Debbie Tarry and Mark Relph about what the passage of Prop. 1 means and what the next steps are. Feel free to contribute questions here and I'll select a few more to pose to them.

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