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November 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

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Seattle stood (almost) alone in support of income tax

Posted by Jim Brunner

1098Precincts.jpgThe city of Seattle stood out as a pro-tax island in a sea of rejection for Initiative 1098, the high-earners income tax initiative.

An analysis of precinct vote totals shows I-1098 lost just about everywhere in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties -- except for the liberal core of Seattle and the hippie enclave of Vashon Island.

Even in Seattle, where the measure was approved by 68 percent of voters, there were pockets of staunch opposition in some of the more well-to-do neighborhoods, including Broadmoor, Laurelhurst and Magnolia.

The initiative would have imposed an income tax on individuals earning more than $200,000 annually ($400,000 for couples.) In exchange, it would have have lowered property and business taxes.

Overall, the measure lost in every county in the state, except for San Juan County.

Thanks to Seattle Times staff researcher Justin Mayo for the analysis and map.

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