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Originally published Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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Editorial: The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 9

Maintain tax Advisory Vote No. 9, which shifts from levying property taxes for use of tribal land by private parties to a direct land use tax.


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POLITICIANS often talk about broadening the base of local, state and federal tax codes, but rarely follow through. Advisory Vote No. 9 on the November statewide ballot provides that follow through, and should be supported by Washington voters.

The ballot advisory question seeks voter affirmation to continue a direct land-use tax on use of tribal property by private parties in lieu of property taxes.

This shift in the tax code provides an economic development incentive that should facilitate other revenues through business growth that could exceed the previous property taxes.

Although the Legislature has already made this change, state law requires a subsequent nonbinding vote by the people. Washingtonians should vote to “maintain” Advisory Vote No. 9 when they find it on their ballot.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Jonathan Martin, Thanh Tan, Blanca Torres, Robert J. Vickers, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).



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