Al Rose, the deputy prosecutor who prepares the ballot titles for referendum proposals filed with the Pierce County auditor, confirms that he prepared one for each of the 14 referenda filed last spring by Robert (The Traveller) Hill.
Rose says it takes about two hours of taxpayer-funded time to prepare a ballot title. he has to review the proposed ordinance and check to make sure it is subject to referendum. Then he has to draft the language of the ballot title, making sure it fits within the legal word limit.
There’s no sign Hill has pursued any signature gathering. He would have to obtain more than 25,000 signatures to qualify one for the ballot in 2008.
Proposed Charter Amendment No. 8 on the Pierce County ballot Nov. 6 is designed to discourage frivolous filings. It would set a $5 fee for filing any county referendum,