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The Collins Building, two-story multi-windowed building on the Everett waterfront, has been the subject of much debate in [[Snohomish County, Washington ballot measures|Snohomish County]]. On Tuesday, [[BC2009#September|September 8, 2009]] Port Commissioners voted 2-1 to formally withdraw a $15 Million levy from the November ballot. The levy would have been used to rehabilitate and renovate the building, however, for activists attempting to prevent the building from being torn down the levy, they said, would have destroyed their efforts.<ref>[http://www.examiner.com/x-481-Snohomish-County-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m8d12-Port-Commissioners-deal-what-could-be-fatal-blow-in-fight-over-Collins-Building ''The Examiner'',"Port Commissioners deal what could be fatal blow in fight over Collins Building," August 12, 2009]</ref> The levy had been approved by a unanimous vote just three weeks prior. The commissioners' decision to remove the measure comes shortly after a public opinion poll revealed that the measure was likely to fall in the November election.
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<ref>[http://www.examiner.com/x-481-Snohomish-County-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m9d8-Welcome-to-Snohomish-County--Enjoy-the-ride ''The Examiner'',"Welcome to Snohomish County - Enjoy the ride," September 8, 2009]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[School bond and tax elections in Washington]]''
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Washington State is one of eleven states that has a debt limit protected by the Washington Constitution. Washington mandates that school districts can only take in one percent for general debt and up to five percent for capital outlays without voter approval. Washington State requires a election for all bond issues exceeding three-eights of one percent of taxable property. School districts are treated equally with other units of municipal government in the state's bond issue laws. Bond issues can be used for capital improvements and new construction only. School districts cannot use bonds to retire debt or fund other obligations.
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:: ''See also: [[Laws governing recall in Washington]]''
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The citizens of [[Washington]] are granted the authority to perform a [[recall campaigns|recall election]] by [[Article I, Washington State Constitution#Section 33|Sections 33 and 34 of Article I]] of the [[Washington State Constitution]] to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.
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A petition for recall must include a specified number of [[valid signatures]] from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest.  This amounts to:
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:*25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
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:*35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.
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===Spokane County===
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The [[Spokane County, Washington ballot measures|Spokane County]] government is looking to change the way initiatives are conducted in their county. One proposed change is that a city attorney would instead write the ballot question that would appear, instead of those petitioning for the initiative. Another proposed change would be that the title of the proposed measure would have to be approved before signatures could be collected.  Opponents say this would not give enough time to collect signatures, but the city said they would be allowed 12 months to collect in case the name approval took a while.  Supports say that this process is based on the state's process and would rather clarify the issues and ensure ballot language is clear for all voters to understand.  Opponents state that the city writing the language of the measure would introduce a bias, but city council members feel it would rather help not hinder the process.<ref>[http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/19/initiative-process-gets-look/ ''The Spokesman Review'', "Spokane’s Initiative process gets look," November 19, 2009]</ref>
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===2013===
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* [[February 12, 2013 ballot measures in Washington|February 12]] • [[April 23, 2013 ballot measures in Washington|April 23]] • [[August 6, 2013 ballot measures in Washington|August 6]] • [[February 12, 2013 ballot measures in Washington|February 12]] • [[November 5, 2013 ballot measures in Washington|November 5]]
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===2012===
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* [[February 14, 2012 ballot measures in Washington|February 14]] • [[April 17, 2012 ballot measures in Washington|April 17]] • [[August 7, 2012 ballot measures in Washington|August 7]] • [[November 6, 2012 ballot measures in Washington|November 6]]
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* [[February 8, 2011 ballot measures in Washington|February 8]] • [[April 26, 2011 ballot measures in Washington|April 26]] • [[May 17, 2011 ballot measures in Washington|May 17]] • [[August 16, 2011 ballot measures in Washington|August 16]] • [[November 8, 2011 ballot measures in Washington|November 8]]
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* [[February 9, 2010 ballot measures in Washington|February 9]] • [[April 27, 2010 ballot measures in Washington|April 27]] • [[May 18, 2010 ballot measures in Washington|May 18]] • [[November 2, 2010 ballot measures in Washington|November 2]]
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* [[February 3, 2009 ballot measures in Washington|February 3]] • [[August 18, 2009 ballot measures in Washington|August 18]] • [[November 3, 2009 ballot measures in Washington|November 3]]
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* [[November 4, 2008 ballot measures in Washington|November 4]]
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[[Adams County, Washington ballot measures|Adams]] • [[Asotin County, Washington ballot measures|Asotin]] • [[Benton County, Washington ballot measures|Benton]] • [[Chelan County, Washington ballot measures|Chelan]] • [[Clallam County, Washington ballot measures|Clallam]] • [[Clark County, Washington ballot measures|Clark]] • [[Columbia County, Washington ballot measures|Columbia]] • [[Cowlitz County, Washington ballot measures|Cowlitz]] • [[Douglas County, Washington ballot measures|Douglas]] • [[Ferry County, Washington ballot measures|Ferry]] • [[Franklin County, Washington ballot measures|Franklin]] • [[Garfield County, Washington ballot measures|Garfield]] • [[Grant County, Washington ballot measures|Grant]] • [[Grays Harbor County, Washington ballot measures|Grays Harbor]] • [[Island County, Washington ballot measures|Island]] • [[Jefferson County, Washington ballot measures|Jefferson]] • [[King County, Washington ballot measures|King]] • [[Kitsap County, Washington ballot measures|Kitsap]] • [[Kittitas County, Washington ballot measures|Kittitas]] • [[Klickitat County, Washington ballot measures|Klickitat]] • [[Lewis County, Washington ballot measures|Lewis]] • [[Lincoln County, Washington ballot measures|Lincoln]] • [[Mason County, Washington ballot measures|Mason]] • [[Okanogan County, Washington ballot measures|Okanogan]] • [[Pacific County, Washington ballot measures|Pacific]] • [[Pend Oreille County, Washington ballot measures|Pend Oreille]] • [[Pierce County, Washington ballot measures|Pierce]] • [[San Juan County, Washington ballot measures|San Juan]] • [[Skagit County, Washington ballot measures|Skagit]] • [[Skamania County, Washington ballot measures|Skamania]] • [[Snohomish County, Washington ballot measures|Snohomish]] • [[Spokane County, Washington ballot measures|Spokane]] • [[Stevens County, Washington ballot measures|Stevens]] • [[Thurston County, Washington ballot measures|Thurston]] • [[Wahkiakum County, Washington ballot measures|Wahkiakum]] • [[Walla Walla County, Washington ballot measures|Walla Walla]] • [[Whatcom County, Washington ballot measures|Whatcom]] • [[Whitman County, Washington ballot measures|Whitman]] • [[Yakima County, Washington ballot measures|Yakima]]
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Revision as of 14:34, 18 September 2013


King County voters reject Prop. 1 Metro funding, choosing lower taxes despite looming bus service cuts Apr 23, 2014

By Josh Altic

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"Yes on Prop. 1" Campaign video

Despite creative campaign advertisements like the ones shown on the right, the Move King County Now campaign in favor of Proposition 1 failed to convince voters - who sided approximately 55% to 45% against the Prop. 1 - that giving the Metro system additional funding to avoid public transit service cuts was worth the higher taxes. Voters were, instead, sympathetic to the position of the victorious opponents, who argued that Metro needed to cut its costs and be realistic about its out-of-control spending rather than demanding more money from taxpayers. Proposition 1 would have imposed $130 million more in taxes per year on county residents in the form of a sales tax increase of 0.1 percent and an annual vehicle registration fee of $60.[1]

Once it became apparent that voters had rejected Proposition 1, Metro officials announced that they would be proposing a 16 percent cut in bus services, which amounts to 550,000 hours. This is slightly less than the 600,000 hours in cuts proposed during Proposition 1 campaigning.[1]

King County Executive Dow Constantine, after announcing the plan to cut service by 550,000 bus hours, said that he would continue to urge state legislators to approve more funding for the King County Metro system.[1]

Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, expressed disappointment at the results of the election, saying, "If we care about the environment, then transit has to win. If we care about the economy, then transit has to win. We are going to win before this is done. We have no choice."

Bus riding voters had varying reactions to this outcome:[1]

Ellen Kildale said, "A cut in service could affect me and parking at my building in downtown Seattle costs $30 a day. It was probably rejected by people who don't ride the bus."[1]

Cari Blount said, "I already ride the bus for 3 hours everyday, I don't want to be on it even more. It's a huge imposition."[1]

Callista Marie Martinez, however, said, "I take the bus, but I'm not going to make people who drive go through ANOTHER tax hike. That's like building a bike lane and expecting people who drive cars to pay for it."[1]

...more local news

School bond and tax votes

See also: School bond and tax elections in Washington

Washington State is one of eleven states that has a debt limit protected by the Washington Constitution. Washington mandates that school districts can only take in one percent for general debt and up to five percent for capital outlays without voter approval. Washington State requires a election for all bond issues exceeding three-eights of one percent of taxable property. School districts are treated equally with other units of municipal government in the state's bond issue laws. Bond issues can be used for capital improvements and new construction only. School districts cannot use bonds to retire debt or fund other obligations.

Local recall

See also: Laws governing recall in Washington

The citizens of Washington are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Sections 33 and 34 of Article I of the Washington State Constitution to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.

A petition for recall must include a specified number of valid signatures from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest. This amounts to:

  • 25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
  • 35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.

Laws governing

Spokane County

The Spokane County government is looking to change the way initiatives are conducted in their county. One proposed change is that a city attorney would instead write the ballot question that would appear, instead of those petitioning for the initiative. Another proposed change would be that the title of the proposed measure would have to be approved before signatures could be collected. Opponents say this would not give enough time to collect signatures, but the city said they would be allowed 12 months to collect in case the name approval took a while. Supports say that this process is based on the state's process and would rather clarify the issues and ensure ballot language is clear for all voters to understand. Opponents state that the city writing the language of the measure would introduce a bias, but city council members feel it would rather help not hinder the process.[1]

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Local elections

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008



Washington counties

AdamsAsotinBentonChelanClallamClarkColumbiaCowlitzDouglasFerryFranklinGarfieldGrantGrays HarborIslandJeffersonKingKitsapKittitasKlickitatLewisLincolnMasonOkanoganPacificPend OreillePierceSan JuanSkagitSkamaniaSnohomishSpokaneStevensThurstonWahkiakumWalla WallaWhatcomWhitmanYakima


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