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House passes tax limit 86 to 8; now on to the Senate

Post by Joe Turner on Nov. 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm |
November 29, 2007 1:54 pm

The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure to restore the 1 percent limit on property tax collection increases that was thrown out three weeks ago by the Washington Supreme Court.

The vote was 86 to 8, with three members excused and one vacancy.

All eight of the “no” votes were from the Puget Sound area; five of them from Seattle.

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, noted that 62 percent of her constituents voted against Initiative 747 in 2001 and she saw no urgency to pass such a restrictive limit.

The Senate is having problems passing its other proposal, a tax deferral for middle income property owners. It won’t take up the 1 percent cap bill until later this afternoon.

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