If the RTID does pass sans Cross Base Highway, it will hinge on the Pierce County Council’s moves this coming week. Pierce County Exec John Ladenburg claims he has the votes to kill it, others aren’t so sure. According to the News-Tribune, here’s where things stand:
The News Tribune contacted Pierce County Council members this week to find out where they stand on the regional roads package that does not include key funding for the cross-base highway. The council would need four votes to approve the roads package and five votes to overturn a threatened veto by County Executive John Ladenburg.
Here’s what council members said:
Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps: Supports proposed package.
Roger Bush, R-Graham: Wants to see details before making up his mind.
Tim Farrell, D-Tacoma: Supports proposed package.
Barbara Gelman, D-Tacoma: Leaning against proposed package.
Calvin Goings, D-Puyallup: Opposes proposed package, saying it doesn’t spend enough on Highway 167.
Terry Lee, R-Gig Harbor: Wants more information before making up his mind.
Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom: Supports proposed package.
Three “yeas,” two-ish “nays,” and two undecideds. It’s a nail-biter! They’ll have to convince both Bush and Lee if they hope to override the veto. The three county councils will meet June 8 at 10am to vote on whether or not to even send the package to the voters. It’s possible that some councils will approve it and some won’t.
The Seattle Times’ James Vesely says this is more evidence of how fragile the RTID is going into November.