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Tue., Dec. 30, 2003, 4:55 p.m.

Tim Eyman on the march…

Backing away from an earlier proposal to cut millions of dollars from the state's public-school system, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is instead launching an initiative to cut $550 million from local property taxes.
"It's a bigger tax reduction than the original proposal," Eyman said. "People are really struggling out there."
Local officials, meanshile, are struggling to come up with adjectives to describe just how bad they think Eyman's idea is. In a brief interview Tuesday, Pend Oreille County Assessor Janet Walker called the proposal "devastating" five times.
Eyman critic Steve Zemke decried what he called Eyman's "deception and shoddy reasoning as usual."
Stay tuned. If Eyman collects the necessary quarter-million signatures to put the measure on the fall ballot, we'll be talking about this one for the next 11 months.

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