King County Executive Dow Constantine issued his first veto Monday night and he chose a hot button issue for the occasion.
Constantine vetoed an amendment narrowly passed by the Council that would implement drastic cuts this year but hold off on approving the cuts in 2015.
"We need a reliable way to pay for bus service -- but until then, we shouldn't spend money we don't have, we shouldn't use one-time money to pay for ongoing expenses, and decisions to save or cut service should be based on objective criteria and data, not on politics," said Constantine. "This ordinance falls short on all counts. I must respectfully veto this legislation, and ask that the Council keep working on a solution that is responsible and sustainable."
The amendment was sharply criticized by some who said it was breaking the County's word to voters.
County officials warned voters the cuts were inevitable if they did not pass a measure to increase car tab fees to fund bus service. Voters refused.
Constantine said the amendment falls short of responsible budgeting.