Proposition 1 – the Pierce Transit funding measure – gained 92 votes after Saturday’s ballot tallies, but it’s still failing.
As of the latest counts, the measure is being rejected 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent with 90 percent of the vote counted.
More results are expected to be posted Sunday and Monday at 5 p.m., the Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on Saturday.
In all, “rejected” votes on the ballot measure are beating “approved” votes by 823.
The 0.4 percent difference does not ensure a recount. Ballot measures are not subject to the automatic recount rules that apply to elected office, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has said. But once votes are counted, the campaigns for and against could pay for a full or partial recount — an endeavor Anderson estimated could cost up to about $200,000.
Proposition 1 would raise the local sales tax rate by three-tenths of 1 percent, to 9.8 percent. The added revenue is needed to help Pierce Transit recoup sales tax revenues lost during the recession, agency officials say. Without it, Pierce Transit plans to cut weekend buses and service after 7 p.m., and reduce service for the disabled.