Secretary of State revises cost of tax advisory votes

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:12am
  • Local News

Providing voters with information on five tax advisory votes this fall is going to cost $120,000, which is about half as much as the Secretary of State originally predicted.

Voters, as a result of a 2007 initiative penned by Mukilteo’s Tim Eyman, will voice their opinion the five laws which will bring in money for state coffers by eliminating tax breaks or revising tax rules.

In July, state election officials estimated it would take up 20 pages in the voters’ guide to list each tax increase, what it produces in revenue and how the 147 lawmakers voted on each measure.

At that time they projected the tab for producing those pages would be $240,000 based on what the state paid for materials concerning two advisory measures that were on the ballot in 2012.

But state officials have decided on a different design. They will be consolidating all the information on how lawmakers voted into one chart. Initially, the state planned to provide a separate vote chart for each measure which would have eaten up a lot of pages in the guide.

“We are happy (Tim Eyman) didn’t raise objections to our format,” David Ammons, spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman, said today. “It saves some taxpayers dollars and still gets out the relevant information.”

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and others.

This tale goes full circle

Courthouse courier’s stolen bicycle is recovered with the help of a marshal.

Pair now face federal charges in pot shop heist

They are being prosecuted on robbery, drugs and weapons violations.

R U testing RUC?

The state has started its pilot of pay-per-mile taxes.

‘They understand us’: Explorer Middle students dig ‘The Club’

The Boys & Girls Club provides a growing on-site, after-school program in south Everett.

Driver hospitalized after I-5 rollover crash near Arlington

A medical problem is believed to have caused the accident.

Lynnwood plans $12M in sewer improvements

The city wants to be ready for an anticipated population boom around the mall and light rail.

Man struck, killed by Everett Transit bus Friday night

He was in the roadway between 75th Street SE and Beverly Boulevard when he was hit, police said.

Failing embankment on Marine Drive awaiting permanent fix

In the meantime, a 20 mph speed limit is in effect at the spot south of Norman Road.

Most Read