* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
The Washington State Constitution requires that a commission meet every 10 years to redistrict state legislative and congressional districts, according to the secretary of state’s voter guide. This proposal would move the deadline he commission has to finish its work earlier by several weeks.
I-1464 would create a system that would let voters send up to $150 every other year to the political candidates of their choosing, without spending anything out of their own pockets. The proposal also could require more information about who’s paying for the political ads that bombard the public during campaign season, limit the amount of money lobbyists can give to candidates and force former elected officials and their senior staff to wait three years before signing up to lobby former colleagues.
Initiative 1491 would create a new type of court order in the state, allowing judges to require people who’ve been determined to be at “extreme risk” of danger to themselves or others to surrender any guns they have and bar them from buying more.
This measure would increase penalties - civil and criminal - when vulnerable individuals or people older than 65 are victims of identity theft or consumer fraud. The measure also would change the Public Records Act to prohibit disclosing some information
Under I-732, each ton of carbon produced in Washington would be taxed by $15 beginning in July 2017. The tax would increase to $25 per ton the next year, and would rise annually until it hits a maximum of $100 per ton. But Washington residents would see a 1 percentage point drop in the state’s sales tax over two years if the initiative is approved.
Initiative 735 would “urge” Washington’s congressional delegation to propose a constitutional amendment that says rights belong only to individuals, not to corporations, and that freedom of speech doesn’t cover spending money.
As a result of a voter initiative, Washington voters are asked about any tax increases approved by the Legislature and signed into law. These votes are advisory only and have never resulted in lawmakers changing an approved tax.
As a result of a voter initiative Washington voters are asked about any tax increases approved by the Legislature and signed into law. These votes are advisory only and have never resulted in lawmakers changing an approved tax.
With Proposition 1, the Spokane Transit Authority is offering a scaled-back sales tax measure from the one that narrowly was defeated by voters in April 2015. It would raise sales tax a tenth of a penny on April 1, 2017, and another tenth of a penny on April 1, 2019, with both taxes running through Dec. 31, 2028.
The measure in 2015 would have raised the tax by three-tenths of a percent. Transit board members went back to the drawing board after the defeat.
If approved, bus service would be improved across STA’s service area, including Spokane Valley and the West Plains. The proposal would include new transit centers, longer bus hours, more weekend service and a new Central City electric bus line from Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College including downtown and the University District.
The local sales tax would raise an estimated $200 million; in part this would capitalize on $86 million in state and federal grants.
The town of Rockford has two levies on the ballot, both to replace expiring levies. To help fund the fire department, a one-year levy would bring in $12,400, costing 51 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Replacing firefighter equipment is an ongoing expense for the town, said Rockford Mayor Carrie Roecks. “The needs are always the same,” she said. The second levy, for emergency medical services, would collect 50 cents per $1,000 and would run for six years.
The town of Spangle has two annual levies on the ballot that are typically approved with large margins every year. The fire protection service levy seeks $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value for one year. The $23,000 raised would pay for the town’s fire coverage from Spokane County Fire District 3.
The town of Spangle is seeking a levy is for police protection services. It requests a one-year collection of $1.19 per $1,000. This would raise $17,000 to pay for the town’s law enforcement contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
The Nine Mile Falls School District is asking voters to approve a construction bond for the third time in two years. The $33 million bond would pay for a new high school building to replace the current one that is 25 years old. The bond would cost taxpayers $1.19 per $1,000 assessed property value.
The Spangle Cemetery District is asking for a maintenance and operations levy of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. This would raise an estimated $15,000 to maintain the cemetery, which includes mowing the lawn and cleaning up damage from storms.