The Bellingham Herald has a the vote breakdown at the end of a recent article discussing pending cuts to the system.
Breakdown of votes by city in the April 27 special election seeking a sales tax increase for WTA. These are preliminary numbers from the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.
Bellingham (47.4 percent voter turnout): 64.8 percent - yes; 35.2 percent - no.
Blaine (43.2 percent turnout): 45.2 percent - yes; 54.8 percent - no.
Everson (36.9 percent turnout): 31.9 percent - yes; 68.1 percent - no.
Ferndale (41.6 percent turnout): 46.7 percent - yes; 53.3 percent - no.
Lynden: (49.7 percent turnout): 30.6 percent - yes; 69.4 percent - no.
Nooksack (39.8 percent turnout): 30.9 percent - yes; 69.1 percent - no
Sumas (38.4 percent turnout): 39.4 percent - yes; 60.6 percent - no.
Unincorporated county (44.4 percent turnout): 39.3 percent - yes; 60.7 percent - no.
The debate the article focuses on is whether service should be cut less in Bellingham, which overwhelmingly supported the measure.
I wonder if this will spur a discussion in Whatcom County to shrink the service and taxing size of their Public Transportation Benefit District (PTBD). Intercity Transit in Olympia drastically shrunk their PTBD a few years ago in order to pass their last sales tax measure. As a result they have a smaller service size that has transit supportive densities. Since shrinking their PTBD they have been able to serve their community better while collecting taxes from less people. Transit agencies are often hesitant to discuss shrinking their boundaries due to the nature of their boards, which usually have elected representatives from communities that would be cut out of the PTBD if they were to shrink.
Another option to maintain bus service to transit supportive Bellingham would be to form a Transportation Benefit District. This would allow the Bellingham City Council to tax Bellingham residents with a small vehicle license fee, and buy extra service from WTA (perhaps to preserve service in the City on Sundays and evenings). Seattle has a similar arrangement and buys extra service from King County Metro
This is just a few ideas to consider as we consider the future of Pierce Transit, Whatcom Transportation, and other agencies that are on life support.
On a final note, as transit agencies across the state make tough choices about taxes and service cuts no help has come from the State Legislature or the Governor's Office. Washington State contributes less than 1% of the State's transportation dollars towards transit and gives agencies the volatile sales tax as their only option to fund operations.