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November 8, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Eyman's tolling initiative too close to call

Tim Eyman

An initiative for tighter tolling regulations supported by initiative sponsor Tim Eyman was being rejected in King County, but leading elsewhere in the state in early returns.

Initiative 1125 would require the Legislature to approve tolls instead of the state Transportation Commission; ban variable-rate tolls, which charge more during peak driving times; and mandate that tolls go only toward work on the road being tolled. It also would prevent Sound Transit light rail from running across the Interstate 90 bridge.

Critics said it would severely limit the amount of money available to build and maintain highways and bridges. The measure would make it more difficult for the state to sell bonds backed solely by tolls. It also would restrict how highways could be tolled, and where the money could be used.

Eyman maintained the initiative would make lawmakers more accountable for raising and spending billions of dollars in tolls, and would make tolling fairer by banning variable-rate tolls that he says hit the state’s poorest residents the hardest.

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