Voters in the city of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage, a recount of the ballots confirmed Monday. Proposition 1 initially passed by a slim margin of 77 votes out of 6,003 votes cast last month. But even before the ballots were certified, the group Common Sense SeaTac called for a recount by hand in the hotly-contested race. The group is supported by Alaska Airlines, rental car companies and airport baggage-handling businesses. Monday’s recount confirmed the general election’s outcome, King County Elections said. The recount results will be certified and posted on Tuesday, the office said.
The two sides poured money into the campaign. The sponsors of the initiative, led by the Service Employees International Union, raised more than $1.4 million during the campaign in cash and in-kind contributions. The opponents raised $665,000. Common Sense SeaTac said if expenses match the money raised, the supporters of the initiative will have spent about $460 per vote earned. Opponents will have spent about $225 per vote earned.