By HUNTER T. GEORGE
SEATTLE – The Mukilteo watch salesman who sponsored last year’s tax-slashing Initiative 695 prevailed again when Washington voters approved the sequel on today.
Initiative 722, Tim Eyman’s move to repeal and refund 1999 tax increases and limit future property tax increases, led 61 percent to 39 percent in early returns.
But Eyman’s second offering on the ballot, I-745, trailed 54 percent to 46 percent. That measure would shift transit funding to highway construction and maintenance.
Elsewhere on the ballot, animal welfare activists asked voters to ban certain body-gripping traps by approving I-713. The measure was leading 52 percent to 48 percent.
And the Legislature offered Senate Joint Resolution 8214, a constitutional amendment designed to help secure financial stability for the developmentally disabled. It was ahead 63 percent to 37 percent.
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