SEATTLE - Legal wrangling surrounding the deep-bore tunnel in Seattle could cost you. After the group "Protect Seattle Now" filed a petition to put the project to a vote, the City Attorney took legal action to prevent the referendum.
You know what they say, “time is money” and delays of any kind could cost tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars.
The petition has nearly 29,000 signatures; only 16,000 were required.
There never was any doubt they would get the signatures they needed and so City Attorney Pete Holmes says as early as last week he was already preparing legal action to keep the measure off the ballot.
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Tuesday, in a plain blue plastic container, Protect Seattle Now delivered to the city clerk 28,928 signatures.
“Protect Seattle Now spokesman Drew Paxton says, “We’ve heard from a lot of people that they want to vote on this, they don’t think it’s fair, if they are potentially going to be paying for it that they get a say in this.”
Within minutes of accepting the petitions the City Clerk’s office went to work documenting the number of signatures on each petition page to get a general sense that there are a sufficient amount of signatures, but it may not matter.
Shortly after the petitions were delivered, City Attorney Pete Holmes filed suit, asking a judge to decide if agreements on a deep bore tunnel made between the city of Seattle and the state are subject to a referendum.