Faye Garneau, head of the Aurora Avenue Merchants Association, has given $175,000 to the campaign against the largest property-tax levy in Seattle history, bringing her total to $325,755 — almost equal to what the pro-levy campaign has amassed.
Faye Garneau has dropped an additional $175,000 into the campaign against the $930 million Move Seattle transportation levy.
That brings total contributions by Garneau, head of the Aurora Avenue Merchants Association, to $325,755, or 96 percent of all donations against the largest property-tax levy in city history.
Garneau has said she believes the levy’s taxes are burdensome and its priorities misguided.
She almost single-handedly bankrolled the 2013 campaign for district elections that changed the way Seattle voters elect City Council members.
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The pro-levy campaign, meanwhile, has received just under $100,000 in contributions in the past week. Most came from business interests. It has received a total $327,440 — putting the rival campaigns on similar footing before next Tuesday’s election.
In all, the pro-levy campaign has received $92,000 from developers and real-estate interests, $88,000 from businesses, $38,000 from consultants, $34,000 from labor unions, and $25,000 (mostly in contributed labor) from interest groups.
Amazon is the single largest donor, giving $25,000.
The levy sprinkles millions around the city for street and bridge maintenance, walking and bicycling improvements, transit enhancements and traffic control.