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==Spokane County==
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==School bond and tax votes==
===County initiative process potentially up for a change===
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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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==Snohomish County==
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===County changes mind on Collins Building again===
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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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===Sno-Isle Library system makes 2010 budget cuts===
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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.  
In late August 2009, Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in Marysville, Washington announced that are reducing the salaries of the library system's 6 highest paid employees and senior administrators. Additionally, Sno-Isle officials will be implementing a salary freeze for all employees. Currently residents have asked that a [[Sno-Isle Library Tax Levy Increase, 2009|levy increase]] be placed on the [[November 3, 2009 ballot measures in Washington|November 3, 2009]] ballot.<ref>[http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=2885&TM=49545.53 ''The Whidbey Examiner'',"Library system announces budget cuts," August 26, 2009]</ref>
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==Laws governing==
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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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Revision as of 15:01, 7 July 2010

Lists of local measures

2010

2009

2008

School bond and tax votes

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.

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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