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November 08, 2007

Washington State Supreme Court Declares I-747 Unconstitutional

This is big news.

I-747's challengers argue that the initiative failed to accurately set forth the law that it sought to amend in violation of Article II, section 37 because the text of the initiative claimed to reduce the general property tax levy limit from two percent to one percent, but in reality it reduced the limit from six percent to one percent. We agree.

Postman has a good, detailed post about it, including the history of I-722 which capped property taxes and was also thrown out by the court.

So far, many of Tim Eyman's intitiatives have scored with voters, but not with the law. Since the opponents of I-960 believe it, too, is unconstitutional, it will be mighty interesting to see how it fares in the courts since its passage earlier this week..

Eyman, who had a victory at the polls Tuesday with a measure designed to limit state tax increases, had predicted this morning that the court would rule in his favor. But, he said in an e-mail statment, if he was wrong and I-747 was tossed out

then local governments will go on a reckless rampage and radically jack up property taxes. It'll be like pigs at the trough.

I love the smell of hyperbole in the morning.

Posted by shoephone on November 8, 2007 at 10:00 AM in Policy, Washington Culture | Permalink

Comments

Ahh, checks and balances. This is what democracy looks like.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Nov 8, 2007 1:55:54 PM

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