Voters approve Tim Eyman's car-tab initiative

Bremerton Sun staff and news services


Washington State - Washington voters gave initiative king Tim Eyman a new political lease on life Tuesday, siding with his Initiative 776 in early returns by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.

The state's foremost purveyor of initiatives faced the voters for the first time since admitting in February that he used about $200,000 in campaign donations to create a salary fund. He had steadfastly denied enriching himself through his campaigns.

This year's installment his fifth in the past four years is a plan to roll back the cost of registering cars to $30 a year in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Douglas counties. Eyman also was trying to force a revote on the multibillion-dollar Sound Transit project in central Puget Sound counties.

I-776 also would limit registration fees for light trucks and other vehicles to $30 in all other counties, including Kitsap.

The measure was passing by about 53 percent in Kitsap County.

In other ballot measure results, voters:

- Defeated Referendum 53, the Legislature's recent overhaul of unemployment insurance taxes. Builders sponsored the referendum hoping to overturn the new law, which would have imposed higher taxes on businesses that tend to experience more layoffs.

- Were favoring I-790, a proposal by firefighters and police for greater say over their pensions. In early votes, the plan was passing 53 percent to 47 percent.

- Approved HJR 4220, a constitutional amendment to allow fire districts to ask local voters for longer special operating and construction levies.

Published in The Sun: 11/06/2002


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