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Cost of tax advisories less than projected

OLYMPIA -- Adding the five tax advisory measures to the state Voters Pamphlet cost less than originally projected after the Secretary of State's office found some ways to consolidate information, a spokesman for the office said today.

The final cost to was about $130,000 to add the three pages of ballot language and cost estimates for the five measures and slightly over six pages of legislative votes, David Ammons said.

Initial estimates were for about $240,000, but the total came down by consolidating information on the legislative votes, Ammons said. Instead of listing the names, contact information and votes of the 147 legislators for each advisory measure as the office did last year, it created one list and recorded all five votes under the name and contact information for each legislator.

The office "found a way to economize" even though the consolidation prompted objections from Tim Eyman, the sponsor of the initiative that requires the advisory votes, Ammons said.

A story in Sunday's Spokesman-Review used the old estimate in a story about the tax advisory measures.




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