Evan Smith: Local voters approve Eyman initiative

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Local voters in the November election supported the initiative to require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for tax increases, but they approved it by a far smaller margin than voters statewide gave to Initiative 1053.

Voters in the King County portion of the 32nd Legislative District – Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and the Finn Hill area near Kirkland – gave the measure a 53.74 percent “yes” vote, compared to 63.75 percent statewide.

The Tim-Eyman-sponsored initiative requires either a two-thirds vote of both houses of the Legislature or a statewide public vote to start or increase any tax and a majority vote of the Legislature to increase any State fee.

The secretary of state’s office released statewide election returns by legislative district Tuesday.

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