C-Tran’s Proposition 1 has found favor among nearly half of likely Clark County voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.
If it holds up, the 48 to 42 percent margin would put the proposed sales tax increase in a strong position to pass when voters cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 election. But with 10 percent undecided, according to the poll, that result is far from a sure thing.
Plus, the same survey also found that two-thirds of respondents are against raising taxes to pay for a new light rail extension from Portland to Vancouver. That’s exactly what Proposition 1 would do, along with help fund a bus rapid transit system on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor.
“I’m not so sure that the poll is as favorable to Prop. 1 as the results say it is,” said Michael Ennis of the Washington Policy Center, the conservative-leaning think tank in Seattle that commissioned the survey.
Proposition 1 would bump the local sales tax rate by 0.1 percentage point in the C-Tran district, or a penny on every $10 purchase. The resulting revenue would help build bus rapid transit on Fourth Plain, and cover the operations cost of light rail, planned as part of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project.