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Recapping the November 2022 Ballot Measure Results

Recapping the November 2022 Ballot Measure Results

As with many past elections, this past November brought voters over 100 local ballot measures across the state, from libraries to bond measures to levy lid lifts. New this year, however, were several measures involving ranked-choice voting and home rule charter propositions.

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How Local Ballot Measures Fared in the 2021 General Election

How Local Ballot Measures Fared in the 2021 General Election

From changes in governance to funding for criminal justice, libraries, and transportation, this blog covers many local ballot measures across the state and how these issues fared in the recent general election.

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New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

New MRSC Website Improvements Make Information Even Easier to Find

This blog post covers recent improvements made to our website that will make it easier for you to find the information that you are seeking.

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Ballot Measure Results from the 2020 General Election

Ballot Measure Results from the 2020 General Election

This blog post recaps some of the local ballot measure results from the November 2020 general election and discusses why the record-breaking turnout may make ballot measure validation tougher next year.

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Ballot Measure Results from the 2019 General Election

Ballot Measure Results from the 2019 General Election

This blog post provides a brief summary of I-976 as well as many of the city, county, and special purpose district ballot measure results across the state.

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Ballot Measure Results from the 2019 Primary Election

Ballot Measure Results from the 2019 Primary Election

Senior Communications Coordinator Steve Hawley reviews some ballot measure results from the recent primary election in this blog post. 

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2018 General Election Part 1: Local Sales Tax Edition

2018 General Election Part 1: Local Sales Tax Edition

There were a number of interesting sales taxes on the ballot this year for public safety, transit, and TBDs, as well as Tacoma’s first-of-its-kind cultural access program. We’ll also briefly discuss I-1634, which prohibits local soda taxes.

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​2018 General Election Part 2: Property Tax and Bonds Edition

​2018 General Election Part 2: Property Tax and Bonds Edition

This article looks primarily at local property tax measures from the recent general election — including levy lid lifts, EMS levies, bond measures, and funding for parks, libraries, and affordable housing.

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2018 General Election Part 3: Non-Revenue Edition

2018 General Election Part 3: Non-Revenue Edition

In this blog post, we examine non-revenue local ballot measures, including city and county charter changes, a city adopting the council-manager form of government, fire district annexations and mergers, and advisory votes on marijuana and downtown plazas and stadiums.

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2018 Primary Election Ballot Measure Results

2018 Primary Election Ballot Measure Results

This blog post looks at the issues that stood out in the 2018 primary elections. 

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Using MRSC’s Tax and Population Data

Using MRSC’s Tax and Population Data

MRSC's website contains recent historical information on property taxes, sales tax distributions, and population. This data can help you examine basic financial information and trends within your jurisdiction or compare your jurisdiction to nearby or peer jurisdictions.

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Where Do Our Sales Taxes Go?

Where Do Our Sales Taxes Go?

Have you ever wondered exactly where local sales taxes go or why one jurisdiction has higher (or lower) sales taxes than another?  A new tool from MRSC can help provide some answers.

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Recapping the February Election Results

Recapping the February Election Results

Olympia passed the state’s second affordable housing sales tax, the Naches fire district will replace its outdated fire station, and Pullman is passing two bond measures, following uncertainty about whether the measures reached their validation requirements in November.

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Ballot Measures Part 2: Forms of Government, Marijuana Bans, and Non-Revenue Measures

Ballot Measures Part 2: Forms of Government, Marijuana Bans, and Non-Revenue Measures

This blog post recaps some of the non-revenue ballot measures in the general election, including Shelton abandoning its commission form of government, Port Angeles retaining its code city classification, and voters expressing support for existing marijuana bans.

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Ballot Measures Part 1: Affordable Housing Taxes, Revenue Measures, and Low Voter Turnout

Ballot Measures Part 1: Affordable Housing Taxes, Revenue Measures, and Low Voter Turnout

Senior Communications Coordinator Steve Hawley recaps some of the local funding measures in this year’s general election, including the state’s first affordable housing sales tax, the failure of a voted REET 2 measure, and low turnout causing problems for bonds and levies.

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How Did Ballot Measures Fare in the Primary?

How Did Ballot Measures Fare in the Primary?

MRSC's Senior Communications Coordinator Steve Hawley looks at how ballot measures across the state fared in the 2017 primary election. 

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Voters Decide on Levies, Bonds, and a City Income Tax (!)

Voters Decide on Levies, Bonds, and a City Income Tax (!)

In the second of this 2-part series on recent ballot results, MRSC's Steve Hawley looks at levies, bonds, and an effort to institute an income tax in the city of Olympia.

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Voters Weigh In on Charter Amendments, Fireworks, Marijuana, and More

Voters Weigh In on Charter Amendments, Fireworks, Marijuana, and More

In the recent general election, voters got the chance to weigh in on many important issues statewide.  This post will focus on election results for city and county charter amendments, advisory votes, and other non-financial measures.

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Recapping the August Ballot Measures

Recapping the August Ballot Measures

This post highlights selected ballot measures from the August 2 primary election, including a sales tax to help address the opioid epidemic, large capital projects in Eastern Washington, and a police funding measure that experienced a 180-degree turnaround from last year.

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Special Election Recap: Regional Fire Agencies, Marijuana, TBDs, and More

Special Election Recap: Regional Fire Agencies, Marijuana, TBDs, and More

A recap of important and noteworthy local ballot measure results from the April 2016 special election.

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Voters Weigh in on Contentious Charter Changes and Initiatives

Voters Weigh in on Contentious Charter Changes and Initiatives

The second in a two part series breaking down ballot measures from the 2015 general election. This post focuses on charter amendments, initiatives, and other governance changes.

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Voters Support Fireworks Bans, Transportation Taxes, but Parks and Police Struggle

Voters Support Fireworks Bans, Transportation Taxes, but Parks and Police Struggle

The first in a two-part look at ballot measure results from the November 2015 general election.

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Ballot Measure Results from the 2015 Primary Election

Ballot Measure Results from the 2015 Primary Election

A roundup of the more interesting ballot measure results from the 2015 primary election.

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2014 General Election: Bonds and Levy Lid Lifts Struggle

2014 General Election: Bonds and Levy Lid Lifts Struggle

The Washington State general election results have officially been certified, so we now know the fates of all of the local ballot measures.

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