Washington Property Tax Levy, HJR 4220 (2002)

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The Washington Property Tax Levy Amendment, also known as Washington HJR 4220, was on the November 7, 2002 ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Washington, where it was approved. This amendment restricts the number of years excess levies by fire protection districts can be made.

Election results

HJR 4220
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,173,499 70.2%
No498,14529.8%

Election results via the Washington Secretary of State.[1]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

The Legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on fire protection property tax levies. This amendment would permit property tax levy propositions for fire protection districts to be submitted to voters for periods up to four years, or six years for fire facility construction, rather than annually.

Should this constitutional amendment be approved or rejected?[3]

Vote in legislature

Before being referred to a popular vote, HJR 4220 was passed by the Washington State Legislature by these votes:

Chamber Ayes Noes
House 98 0
Senate 48 0

Support

Arguments in favor

These arguments in support appeared in the official State of Washington Voter Guide:[4]

SAFETY, SECURITY AND STABILITY

Your family relies on local firefighters to help save lives during fires or medical emergencies. A yes vote is a vote for safety, security and stability.

THE PROBLEM

Right now, your local fire department must pay for levy elections every year. These elections are expensive and they waste your tax dollars. That money should go to fighting fires and saving lives.

THE SOLUTION

Give local fire districts the opportunity to ask voters for levies that last longer.

Safety -- This simple reform would save fire districts -- and taxpayers -- millions of dollars in election costs. That money could help make your community safer.

Security --Voters would still have the final say, and levies would still need 60 percent yes votes to pass.

Stability -- Rather than planning for elections, and paying for them every year, longer levies would give firefighters the time and stability to plan for the future. This reform is supported by the Washington State Council of Firefighters and the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs.[3]

Supporters

The following individuals signed the argument in support of Amendment 95 in the State of Washington's official voter guide:

Opposition

Arguments against

These arguments in opposition appeared in the official State of Washington Voter Guide:[5]

State law requires that the argument and rebuttal statement against a constitutional amendment be written by one or more members of the state Legislature who voted against that proposed measure on final passage or, in the event that no such member of the Legislature consents to prepare the statement, by any other responsible individual or individuals to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the State Senate, and the Secretary of State. No legislator or other individual opposing House Joint Resolution 4220 consented to write an argument against the measure for publication in this pamphlet.[3]

Opponents

Not a single member of the Washington State Legislature voted against the amendment.

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