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Voters reject liquor privatization measures, income tax

Updated results in last Tuesday's general election showed state and local voters turning down measures to privatize liquor sales and add an income tax for the wealthy.

Generally, the count showed voters were uncomfortable with tax increases, rejected new taxes while placing tighter restrictions on future taxing decisions.

Initiatives

nitiative Measure 1053, which requires voter approval or a two-thirds legislative majority for any tax increase, was passing with 64 percent approval.

Initiative 1082, which would have allowed employers to use private industrial insurance and eliminated worker-paid shares of medical benefit premiums, was failing with 41 percent approval.

Initiative 1098, which would have instituted a state income tax for the wealthy, was failing at 35 percent approval.

Both of the liquor-privatization measures, Initiatives 1100 and 1105, were failing. I-1100 was at 46 percent approval, while 1105 was at 35 percent approval.

Initiative 1107, which would end sales taxes on candy and bottled water, was passing at 61 percent.

Referendum Bill 52, which would have authorized bonds to finance energy-efficiency projects in schools, was defeated with 45 percent approval.

Local measures

King County’s Charter Amendment No. 1 was passing with 82 percent approval. This amendment changes the charter’s Preamble, specifying that responsibility and accountability applies to “local and regional governance and services.” It also amends the current statement of purpose to “preserve a healthy environment” to read “preserve a healthy rural and urban environment and economy.”

Charter Amendment No. 2 was passing at 88 percent approval. The measure would require campaign finance records to only go to the Public Disclosure Commission, and not the PDC and King County, potentially saving county resources.

Charter Amendment No. 3 was headed to approval with 52 percent of the vote. This change allows the King County Sheriff to serve as the county’s collective bargaining agent for all department of public safety issues, except for compensation and benefits, which would continue to be bargained by the county executive

King County Proposition 1 was failing with 44 percent support. This measure would have added a sales and use tax of 0.2 percent, split between the county and cities. Proceeds were to be used for criminal justice purposes, such as police protection, and the replacement of capital facilities for juvenile justice.

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