Washington Simple Majority for Excess School Tax Levies, Substitute HJR 4204 (2007)
The ballot measure created an amendment to the state constitution, providing for approval of school district excess property tax levies by simple majority vote of participating voters. Previously, the constitution required a super-majority of voters, calculated on voter turnout in the most recent election, to approve new property tax levies.
|Washington HJR 4204 (2007)|
Election Results via: Washington Secretary of State
Sponsors of the bill
Sponsors of the bill included: Representatives Schual-Berke, Chase, Wallace, Hudgins, Sells, Kenney, Appleton, Pedersen, Ormsby, Hasegawa, Lovick, Haigh, Dunshee, Hunt, Simpson, Lantz, Hunter, Williams, Linville, Goodman, Conway, Springer, Hurst, Campbell, P. Sullivan, Miloscia, Kelley, Moeller, Green, Rolfes, Eddy, Santos, Fromhold, Haler.
Below are the voting results for the measure as it passed through the House and Senate.
Statement of support
Some of the arguments in support of the amendment include:
- Would allow local levies to pass with a simple majority vote instead of a super-majority
- Simple majorities support bipartisan support
Drafted by: Laura Bay, President, Washington State PTA; Rich Hadley, President/CEO, Greater Spokane Incorporated; Mary Lindquist, President, Washington Education Association and high school teacher; Jim Kowalkowski, Director, Rural Education Center and Pomeroy Schools Superintendent; James Kelly, President/CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle; Lisa MacFarlane, President, League of Education Voters.
Statement of opposition
Some of the arguments of opposition include:
- Would lift the restriction of passing only 1% levies without a super-majority approval
- Is a property tax-hike in disguise
- Would allow a small percentage to raise taxes
Drafted by: Janea Holmquist, Senator, Ranking Republican, Early Learning, K-12 Committee; Ed Orcutt, State Representative, homeowner, and forester; Angie Dorman, nationally-recognized teacher, 2006 American Star of Teaching; Kelly Niemi, family forester and small business owner; Steve Appel, President, representing Washington Farm Bureau’s 35,000 families; Wynn Cannon, Chairman, on behalf of League of Washington Taxpayers.
- Text of Resolution 4204
- 2007 Washington HJR 4204 Election Results
- Ballot Summary Guide
- History of Resolution 4204