Tacoma's Proposition 1 to raise taxes on utilities being rejected by voters

TACOMA -- Tacoma's Proposition 1 to raise utilities taxes 2% in order to pay for street improvements appears headed for defeat, results showed Tuesday night.

With 22,856 votes counted, the no vote was 59% and the yes vote was 41%.

Opponents of the measure feared the higher taxes on the utilities would simply be passed on to customers in the form of higher rates.

The measure would have raised up to $11 million to fill potholes and make other improvements.