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Pierce County voting down I-1033

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm with 10 Comments »
November 6, 2009 5:48 pm

On election night, Pierce County was giving Tim Eyman a rare victory in his losing effort to pass Initiative 1033. It was the only Puget Sound county and just the second large county (along with Clark) to be giving the initiative a majority.

But Friday’s vote count confirms what Thursday’s began to show, that Pierce voters will end up opposing the tax-capping measure.

Now, 63,805 county voters are opposing the measure. That’s a little over 51 percent of the county total.

While Referendum 71, the latest expansion of legal rights for same-gender couples, is comfortably passing across the state, Pierce is defeating it. Twenty nine of the state’s 39 counties are opposing the measure. But the King County vote is strong enough to overcome deficits in all of Eastern and all of Southwestern Washington.

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Has Simms returned to Seattle to help all the socialists count ballots for Washington once again??!!

  2. RyanGrant says:

    3rdpigs: Comments like that are pretty disrespectful to the people of counties like Adams, Whitman, Garfield, Asotin, and Benton who also voted No on 1033.

  3. rgardner says:

    The potential of I-1033 locking in PERMANENT reduced property tax rates for the downtown Tacoma condo buyers was enough for me to vote NO (they have a 10-year exemption, I-1033 could have made that permanent). One problem with initiatives is that there are unintended consequences (ditto a 1200 page health care bill). Just like one line in the Commerce Appropriations changed when Daylight Savings happened.

  4. I don’t understand what has happened to Pierce County. The acceptance of Eyeman’s ridiculous referendum is one thing, but the failing of I-71 in Pierce frankly, scares the beejesus out of me.
    My youngest son heads off to college next year. I’ll give it two, maybe three more years and then I’m out of here. I’m sure that I’m not the first liberal-minded person to want to leave the area, but with the failure of a basic rights initiative in this County, I’m sure that I won’t be the last. I won’t live in an area that is accepting of hate.
    And, yes, I still want to see the names of the supporters of the origional petition.

  5. papasan: I hear you. Take heart though, at least voters in the city limits of Tacoma passed 71. This is why cities built walls in medieval times.

  6. the3rdpigshouse says:

    RyanGrant – the other option is that Washington State possesses the most ignorant electorate in our country!! Your choice – corrupt or ignorant!!!

  7. I-1033 was just another poorly drafted Eyman initiative that tried to do too much. But the fatal flaw was its tax transfer proposal, to take sales taxes and other fees paid by everyone and just use it to help pay property taxes. That would have shifted the tax burden from property owners with lots of property to those with low or middle incomes and onto renters.

    The absurd consequence of I-1033 was that you would have had struggling working families and seniors and other with no property helping to pay property taxes for millionaires, real estate developers, out of state property owners, corporations and shopping malls.

    Voters were right to reject such a poorly thought out and regressive proposal.

  8. Peter, it’s not just King County that went in favor of R-71, so did Snohomish (Pierce should be embarrassed we’re more backwards than that “peer” county), as did Skagit (!), Whatcom, Thurston, Island, San Juan, Kitsap, Clallam (!), and Jefferson counties. We’re not even as tolerant as the logging/retiree communities on the coast! Yikes.

    Please run a precinct-by-precinct analysis of the 71 and 1033 votes when they become available. Should be interesting and help further exonerate the city of Tacoma at least.

  9. TacomaFan1 says:

    Papasan — please know you are not alone. Stay put and help us build on the near-majority of people who believe in a kinder, gentler Pierce County and State of Washington.

  10. ldozy1234 says:

    Papasan- I’m with you! Maybe we now know why Pierce ends up in the horror/joke side of the news all the time. This election solidified what a backwards breed this area has become. Maybe we should take hope though,what , maybe only 20% voted here?.

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