- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Olympia City Council will challenge a proposed initiative that would create a city income tax in Washington state.

The council ruled Tuesday night to authorize the city manager to seek a judicial decision in superior court on whether the initiative is lawful, The Olympian reported (https://bit.ly/29OjB30).

If a judge rules that it is not, the city could then obtain an injunction to keep it off the November ballot.

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Opportunity for Olympia has submitted nearly 9,000 signatures to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office and verification is expected by the end of the week.

The proposal seeks a 1.5 percent tax on household income in excess of $200,000 in order to raise an estimated $3 million a year for a public college tuition fund.

Opponents say that Olympia does not have the authority to adopt a new tax that is not authorized by the state Legislature.


Information from: The Olympian, https://www.theolympian.com

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