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Transit tax all but a sure thing
"Color it done. Almost.With only less than 200 mail-in votes left to count, passage of Kitsap Transit's request for a three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase could be in the bag.After a count of late-arriving ballots Friday, there were 31,817 (50.7) yes votes, and 30,939 (49.3) no votes, according to Suzanne Boltz of the county Kitsap County Auditor's Office elections department.Boltz said remaining ballots will be counted today. But so far that only amounts to about 100.There are not enough votes left to change the outcome, said Kitsap Transit Executive Director, Richard Hayes. In no case did (the auditor's office) think there was enough votes to turn it around, and that's what we're enthused about.He and other Proposition 1 campaigners are planning to celebrate at La Fermata Restaurant in Manette. The spot holds special significance for Hayes.When I lose all hope for Bremerton, it's where I go, and it gives me hope, he said. "