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August 12, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Initiative 1033: Tim Eyman’s new tax-limitation proposal

Seductive measure would limit our prosperity

You should be concerned about Initiative 1033 in the upcoming fall election. Before being seduced by the promise of lowered property taxes, please think about the devastating consequences of this initiative, which would limit future government spending to the current year’s budget:

1) Washington’s unemployment rate is nearing 8 percent and is expected to get worse. How do people recover? They go back to school. How will the (already struggling) public higher-education system be able to respond to the increased demand without increased government funding? They won’t.

2) Washington is exposed to myriad natural disasters. How does a community recover after a devastating earthquake or volcanic eruption? Government funds, agencies and programs. How will our community be able to effectively respond in the next disaster if this initiative passes? It won’t.

3) Washington’s population continues to grow. How does a community deal with population growth, while maintaining infrastructure, housing and social service needs? It doesn’t.

If the property tax is a make or break issue for you, then sell and buy cheaper property. Sure, we don’t want to pay it, but a yes vote on I-1033 would severely limit our ability to grow and prosper as a community.

— Mike Nurse, Seattle

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