OLYMPIA — Five nonbinding advisory votes on tax policies that have already become law could cost taxpayers $240,000.
The advisory votes are a result of an initiative approved in 2007 that sends any action by the Legislature deemed a tax increase to the November ballot. Last year, there were two advisory votes that cost just over $100,000 due the number of pages in the voter’s guide to explain them. State officials are required to provide voters with details about each policy, how each lawmaker voted, and how to contact each of them.
The Secretary of State’s office said on Tuesday that it could cost $240,000 to describe the five new taxes in the voters’ pamphlet, though officials say they’re trying to find a cheaper way to do it.
Items voters will weigh in on include a change in the estate tax and elimination of a tax break for home-phone service. The laws will remain regardless of the vote.