Jack Fagan, Tim Eyman and Mark Fagan began celebrating the apparent victory of Initiative 1366 earlier today.
As of Tuesday, November 3, 2015
SUNNYSIDE Yakima County voters are overwhelmingly supporting Tim Eyman again tonight, with 62.66 percent favoring Initiative 1366.
Statewide, voters are approving the measure as well.
If statewide election returns hold , the measure would give the Legislature a choice: Decrease the 6.5 percent state sales tax to 5.5 percent or approve a constitutional amendment before April 15 that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a simple majority of statewide voters to raise taxes.
A constitutional amendment would then have to be ratified by voters statewide.
Eyman spearheaded the effort to get I-1366 on the ballot.
An initial tally shows the measure passing statewide with 57.87 percent of the vote. As of 8:30 p.m., elections officials had counted 344,447 ballots in favor of the tax-limiting measure and 250,729 opposed.
Yakima County elections officials are reporting 12,795 ballots in favor of the measure and 7,825 opposed. Officials also said there are 549 under votes.
Yakima County elections officials were unable to provide a per-precinct breakdown tonight. They expect to have them late Wednesday afternoon.
On five previous occasions, voters statewide have passed similar ballot measures to curb state government’s growth and spending, only to have the Legislature or a court dismiss the initiatives after-the-fact.
“When, in any state's history, have the voters voted over and over and over again for the same policy? Never,” Eyman said Tuesday. “When, in any state's history, have the voters supported a policy enough that they were willing to qualify and pass the same policies so many times? Never.
“When, in any state's history, has the governor and Legislature been so arrogant and unrepresentative that they've refused to accept the voters’ decision after so many public votes? Never.”
The last measure was dismissed by the state Supreme Court in 2013 after declaring it unconstitutional.
In other tax measures — all non-binding straw ballots — statewide voters are:
- Supporting the repeal of oil spill response and administration taxes (advisory vote No. 10) by a margin of 50.38 percent to 49.62. In Yakima County, 62.82 percent of voters support repeal of the taxes.
- Supporting the Legislature's marijuana excise tax (advisory vote No. 11) by a margin of 58.07 percent to 41.93 percent. In Yakima County, 53.14 percent of voters support maintaining the tax.
- Supporting the repeal of taxes on motor vehicle and special fuels (advisory vote No. 12) by a margin of 66.44 percent to 33.56 percent. In Yakima County, 77.40 percent support repeal of the taxes.
- Supporting the repeal of business and occupation taxes (advisory vote No. 13) by a margin of 65.17 percent to 34.83 percent. In Yakima County, 75.30 percent of voters support repeal of the taxes.