Issaquah precinct defied trend to support income tax measure
December 5, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 5, 2010
The ballot measure to create a state income tax failed outside of left-leaning Seattle and Vashon Island — except for a precinct nestled along the southern end of Lake Sammamish.
Initiative 1098 received ironclad support — 80 percent — in the precinct.
The catch: King County records indicate the precinct has 11 registered voters; 10 participated in the Nov. 2 election.
King County Elections has released detailed data for the election. The information offers insight into how residents in Issaquah and the surrounding area cast ballots in high-profile contests.
The electorate in rural areas from Four Lakes to Maple Hills to Preston repudiated a measure to raise the county sales tax rate to preserve police service in unincorporated communities. The measure failed inside Issaquah city limits, too. Countywide, voters rejected the measure by a double-digit margin.
The dueling liquor initiatives on the ballot, 1100 and 1105, received uneven support from Issaquah voters.
Only three city precincts decided against Initiative 1100, a liquor privatization measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco, the largest employer in the city. The initiative failed in the neighborhoods just off of Front Street, Providence Point and a slice of Squak Mountain.
The measure came up short statewide. So did Initiative 1105. The proposal also failed in every Issaquah precinct. (Issaquah is carved into 30 precincts.)
The contest between Dino Rossi and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray covered familiar terrain for Rossi, a Sammamish resident and former GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Rossi, a former state senator, bested Murray 35,412 to 33,355 in the 5th Legislative District. Rossi represented the district in Olympia from 1997 until 2003.
Inside Issaquah city limits, Murray outpolled Rossi by 999 votes. The city is part of the 5th, 41st and 48th legislative districts. Murray pulled ahead in the 5th and 48th districts among Issaquah voters.