- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Pierce County judge has invalidated two proposed Tacoma ballot measures that would have required public votes for large uses of city water.

Superior Court Judge Jack Nevin said Friday that Save Tacoma Water’s proposals exceeded the scope of the local initiative power and the authority of the city of Tacoma. The Port of Tacoma and others sued last month to challenge the measures.

The News Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/4RkEzK ) that local elections officials had qualified one measure for the November ballot after the group turned in 4,800 signatures. That measure would have changed city code to require a public vote for projects that required 1 million or more gallons of water a day.

The group recently submitted signatures for a second 2017 measure that would similarly have amended the city charter.

The port’s attorney called the initiatives flawed. The group says the decision silences the voices of thousands who signed petition.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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