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King County parks win support for more funding

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The King County Parks levy jumped to an early lead for passage in returns counted Tuesday night.

 

Crowds at mountain bike festival at Duthie Hill

Crowds at mountain bike festival at Duthie Hill

In the first round of ballot counting, the $60 million a year levy was winning with nearly 70% of the vote. [All results here.]

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Cascade Bicycle Club both strongly supported the property tax levy that would cost about $56 a year for a $300,000 home.

Failure to pass would have meant staff reductions for maintenance and operation at the parks, as well as the 180 miles of back country trails and 175 miles of regional trails.

In another high profile contest, incumbent Mayor Michael McGinn was running second behind State Senator Ed Murray in the primary election for Seattle mayor. As they are the top two in the field, they’ll face off in the general election in November.

McGinn, who  has strong support from the Cascade Bicycle Club, had 27% of the early returns. Murray led with 30% of the votes counted.

On the Seattle City Council, Cascade endorsed Richard Conlin and Mike O’Brien, who both lead in the primary and will face opponents in November.

 

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