A Pierce County Council member’s proposal requiring any new county tax to be approved by voters moved forward today and appears to have the votes required to put it on the November ballot.
The council’s Rules and Operations Committee voted 3-0 to advance Councilman Roger Bush’s charter amendment proposal to the full council for a hearing sometime in May.
Committee members Joyce McDonald, Dick Muri and Stan Flemming, all Republicans, voted today to advance the proposal with a “do pass” recommendation.
Council member Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, said previously he supports the proposal made by Bush, R-Frederickson. That means all five Republicans on the seven-member council support the measure, providing the five votes required to put a charter amendment on the ballot.
Muri said the measure would formalize what has been the practice of the council for the past four years. “I think the voters are very wise on which taxes we need,” said Muri, R-Steilacoom.
Council chairwoman McDonald, R-Puyallup, said it’s hard not to support a measure that gives voters the final say. McDonald said she wants more information to assure the measure wouldn’t have any unintended consequences.