Proposition 1 leads slightly in Tuesday election results

logo_mountlaketerrace-1-1A Mountlake Terrace ballot measure for a 44-cent levy lid lift held a slight lead in the polls Tuesday night, with 50.3 percent voting yes and 49.7 percent voting no.

Results released after 8 p.m. Tuesday night by the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office show the count at 954 yes and 943 no  — a difference of 11 votes.

The measure would cost a property owner 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value per year, or $154 per year if the property is worth $350,000.

The levy lid lift has been discussed by the Mountlake Terrace City Council all year long. Without it, the city is projected to run out of reserve funds by the end of the year.

The levy lid lift would allow the city to pay rent at Interim City Hall while making plans for a new permanent city hall for the next four years, as well as funding parks and recreation needs. After four years, the 19-cent portion of the levy paying for rent would disappear, while the.25 cents funding parks and recreation would remain.

The City Council voted to put the measure on the Aug. 2 primary ballot so that council members would know if it passed before creating the budget for the next two years.

The next vote count update is set to be released after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

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