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Proposition 2: No bridge to North Douglas

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Voters weighing in on Proposition 2 gave a resounding "no" to the measure that would have extended the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to build a second crossing to Douglas Island.

The measure failed by more than a 2-to-1 margin, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night. Thirty-one percent of Juneau's registered voters cast ballots.

In the Douglas precinct, 368 no votes outpaced 158 yes marks. North Douglas voters were more closely divided with 261 opposed in favor, 240 opposed. The results for the other 14 districts were mostly strongly opposed to the measure.

Voters in Mendenhall Valley's four districts opposed the measure, with 1,593 ballots against the measure and 879 in favor.

City Assemblyman Bob Doll, treasurer for the Vote NO on 2 Committee, was understandably pleased with the results.

"I am glad to see the public recognized the validity of the arguments we offered and agree with them," Doll said. "We made a sincere effort to offer genuine objections and I think the public's acceptance of those objections was gratifying."

As for the future of a second crossing, Doll said there will likely be further repeated attempts to get one.

"Whether a renewed effort could be successful is anyone's guess," he said. "I think the idea of funding it solely from CBJ resources is a fatal flaw."

Safe, Affordable, Future, Efficient, or SAFE, Committee chairman Rick Shattuck said that despite the failure of Proposition 2, the committee is glad the community is once again talking about the project.

"One thing that was clear in the discussion is that there is broad consensus that a North Douglas Crossing is needed," he said in a statement. "We hope the dialogue can continue with renewed focus by our local leaders to address concerns raised about the process and funding sources."

All results remain unofficial until they are certified Oct. 12.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@ juneauempire.com.



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