Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chamber Positions on Ballot Issues

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors voted today to take the following positions on upcoming ballot measures and urges all chamber members and business people to vote:

- No on I-1033
- No on Prop 1
- No on Prop 2
- Yes on Prop 3

More details below:

No on I-1033: This initiative, if passed, would “limit growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue increases. Revenue collected above the limit would reduce property tax levies."

While this may appear favorable, the Chamber is opposing the measure for several reasons. The formula it is based upon is rudimentary and non-responsive to real time issues. It does not allow government to respond to upturns in the economy -- which means when business needs more infrastructure, the government will be held back by an arbitary formula. It also limits the ability of our elected officials to govern. More information at

No on Prop 1 & 2: These measures would move current county elections to odd-years, costing the county more since election expenses would not be shared with the federal and state governments, which have ballot issues on even-years.

Yes on Prop 3: This ballot measure would eliminate the unpopular voting system known as Ranked Choice Voting. The system also requires the county to spend more money on the printing of specialized ballots each time this system is used.

1 comment:

  1. In other jurisdictions using Ranked Choice Voting, the elections departments have put RCV and non-RCV races on the same ballot card. It is unfortunate our elections department has not made this change to their system. If they had done that this year, the county would have saved money. In fact, the RCV election would have been cheaper than the Top 2 equivalent.