City, state lawmakers share budget woes, chicken dinner

October 20, 2009

City Council members and state lawmakers gathered last week for what attendees described as a gloomy discussion about the state economy. Read more

Ballot includes tax measure, open space protections

October 20, 2009

Washington voters will decide between now and Nov. 3 whether to cap property taxes and add additional protections for county conservation land. Read more

Council votes to oppose I-1033

October 10, 2009

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 10, 2009

City Council members voted Monday night to oppose a statewide property tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Officials cited the potential impact the measure, Initiative 1033, could have on city services.

I-1033 would limit the growth of city, county and state revenue to inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue. Any revenue above the I-1033-mandated cap would be used to lower property taxes.

“This is a bad idea at the wrong time,” Councilman Fred Butler said before the 7-0 vote.

Learn more about I-1033, and the other King County and state ballot measures, in the Oct. 14 edition of The Issaquah Press.

Bring comments about tax measure to council hearing Monday

October 4, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 4, 2009

City Council members want to hear from residents as officials consider whether to oppose a statewide property tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The measure, Initiative 1033, would limit the growth of city, county and state revenue to inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue. Any revenue above the I-1033-mandated cap would be used to lower property taxes.

Issaquah council members will hold a public hearing Monday. The hearing will be part of the 7:30 p.m. regular council meeting, in the council chambers at 135 E. Sunset Way.

Residents and council members will have the opportunity to express support or opposition for the measure.

Conservative political activist Tim Eyman spearheaded I-1033. Eyman is known for launching several other ballot initiatives, including I-776. In 2002, voters approved the measure to set vehicle license tab fees at $30.