The Bainbridge Island City Council released the following statement Wednesday, Nov. 7 regarding the rejection of the SAFE Mobility Levy (Proposition 1):
The City Council is disappointed in the result of the SAFE Mobility vote, but we respect the outcome and mobility remains a Council priority.
The City will continue its efforts to improve non-motorized infrastructure on Bainbridge Island but, unfortunately, the City’s annual budget allows for only very limited investments in bike and shoulder lane expansion and increased pedestrian access and safety. Your City Council will explore alternative sources of funding for these critical improvements, which may include a revised ballot measure in 2019.
Thank you to the citizens on the Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee (MTAC) and Infrastructure Ballot Measure Task Force (IBMTF) who provided the ballot measure recommendation to Council. The recommendation built on a plan that involved more than 20 years of hard work by City staff and former citizen committees.
Finally, thank you to the voters who took the time to be informed about the ballot measure, and to those who recognize the need to continue improving our infrastructure to provide more transportation choices and safe access for everyone.