On June 10, 1988, the King County Council vote unanimously to put on the ballot an $85.8 million program to buy open space, acquire trails, and expand the Seattle Aquarium in the September 20 primary.
An attempt to separate the open space and Aquarium projects into two separate measures was defeated. The alternative proposal would have provided more funds for open space in Seattle based on complaints from neighborhood activists.
The open space/Aquarium proposal would provide $34.4 million for open space and trail projects. Suburban cities would share $20.7 million, and Seattle would receive $30.7 million, of which $25.4 million would go to expansion of the aquarium.
If it passed, owners of $100,000 homes would pay about $13.30 a year in added taxes for 20 years. To win, the measure required 60 percent approval by primary voters.
Voters defeated the bond measure on September 20, 1988.
Bob Lane, "County puts bond issue on ballot," The Seattle Times, June 21, 1988, p. B-2.
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