A measure that would have increased funding for Pierce Transit failed by 704 votes, according to final election results released today.
Proposition 1 would have raised sales tax within the agency’s boundaries by three-tenths of one percent.
Without the funding, Pierce Transit will cut bus service after 7 p.m. and on weekends, officials have said. Disability service will also be reduced. Cuts will have to be completed by spring of 2014. The board that oversees the agency will set a timeline for implementing the changes, which will include time to seek public comment.
Proposition 1 was rejected 100,943 votes to 100,239, which comes out to 50.17 percent against and 49.83 percent for the measure.
Opponents argued that the increase would have driven business out of the county, specifically automobile sales, and said the agency should instead go further to reduce employee costs. Tacoma sales tax would have been raised to 9.8 percent if the measure had passed.