Northwest NEWS

October 25, 1999

Local News

City Council passes Resolution

   WOODINVILLE--In an announcement dated Oct. 11, 1999, the Woodinville City Council announced unanimous passage of Resolution No. 168, formally expressing opposition to Initiative 695. The text:

   WHEREAS, the City of Woodinville is responsible for the public safety and welfare of its citizens; and

   WHEREAS, Initiative 695 proposes to eliminate the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, which will have significant impacts on the ability of the City of Woodinville to carry out its responsibilities; and

   WHERAS, the passage of Initiative 695 would also mandate that any fee, charge, or tax increase be submitted to a vote, thereby exposing the City of Woodinville to increased costs associated with conducting elections; and

   WHEREAS, the passage of Initiative 695 would slash funding needed for regional transportation improvements, including an approximate 30 percent reduction in Metro bus services in King County alone, which would increase congestion and pollution; and

   WHEREAS, the State Public Health Service, which serves the City of Woodinville through the Seattle-King County Health Department, will lose annual revenues of $25.5 million; and

   WHEREAS, Initiative 695 would be contrary to the intent of three previously approved measures by the voters of the State of Washington, namely Initiative 601, Referendum 47, and Referendum 49:

   NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON, DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

   That the City Council, having held a public hearing on October 4, 1999, OPPOSES Initiative 695. Adopted this 11th day of October, 1999.

   "I want to express my disappointment that no one supporting I-695 showed up to explain their position on such an important, highly publicized issue," said Mayor Don Brocha.