u 2010 Washington General Election

Initiative 1098

About this measure

Would levy an income tax of 5 percent on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year, or couples who make more than $400,000 that jumps after reaching $500,000 for individuals and $1 million for couples. It would reduce the state portion of your property tax bill by 20 percent and increase credits for the businesss and occupation tax.

Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

OptionVotesPct
No 1,564,047 64.37%
Yes 865,543 35.63%
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