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Bond, Levy and Issue Information
 
 
  Local Ballot Issues/Measures:
   
 

Local jurisdictions have the authority to request a special election by submitting a resolution to the County Auditor’s Office by the resolution deadlines (click here for deadlines). Special elections can be conducted in conjunction with the primary, general, or spring election dates as authorized by law.

For State measures, please see the Office of the Secretary of State’s website.

 
 
  Taxation Measures:
 
Bonds
  Bond issues allow for the collection of tax monies and creation of long term bonds (20 year bonds for example) typically for capital improvement projects.  
     
Levies 
  Levies allow for the collection of a set amount of tax monies over a short period (2 and 4 year levies are common) typically for the purpose of jurisdiction maintenance, operation, and continuity of services. Occasionally they may be earmarked for upgrades or enhancements of existing services.  
         
Levy Lid Lift (Levy Lid Increases)
  Levy Lid Lifts do exactly what the name implies: These lift the lid on the current existing levy (temporarily increases the amount of tax money to be collected by the district) when needed.  
         
Sales and Use Tax 
  Generally a tax placed directly upon users of a general service within a jurisdiction for the purpose of continuing services when operating costs exceed anticipated revenues.  
         
  Voter Approval:
 
Bonds require 40% validation and a super majority to pass (60% "Yes" votes).
  Validation means enough voters participated in the election in order to consider it valid. The 40% validation is calculated based on the number of voters in the district who participated in the prior year's general election. For example, 10,000 voters cast a ballot, at least 4,000 voters would have to participate to validate and 60% of the total votes cast must be “Yes” to pass.  
         
Excess Levies require a minimum "Yes" vote and super majority to pass (60% "Yes" votes).
  The minimum "Yes" vote is calculated at 24% of the number of voters in the district who participated in the prior year's general election. For example, 10,000 voters cast a ballot, 2,400 of the votes must be “Yes” and 60% of the total votes cast must be "Yes" to pass.  
         
Levy Lid Lifts, School District Levies, Sales and Use Taxes require a simple majority (50% + 1 "Yes" votes).
  Other Measures:
 
Advisories 
  Advisories are non-binding questions placed before the voters of a jurisdiction for the purpose of assisting the council or board of commissioners in a major decision making event.  
         
Change the Form of Government 
  A request to change the classification of a jurisdiction. Example: Town of Rainier to City of Rainier.  
         
Annexations 
  A request to absorb an area not within a district’s boundaries into the district’s boundaries. Example: City of Tumwater expanding city limits south due to growth.  
         
Voter Approval 
  Passage / Voter Approval of these other measures will vary. Please refer to the most current Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code, as well as the State Constitution.  
         
 
 
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