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One More Vote Could be Needed to Raise Taxes in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA.--Yakima voters will decide in November if one extra vote should be needed to raise taxes.

If Proposition 1 passes, any tax passed by the city council must get five supporting votes from council members instead of the current four vote requirement. If the city council can't come to an agreement, tax increases can be approved by voters with a simple majority vote.

The Washington Policy Center said Proposition 1 is a reasonable tax protection policy.   

"One of the most important powers that any lawmaker has is whether to increase the financial burden that they place on citizens, and what this does is this says if you're going to increase that financial burden, you have to have more consensus," said Chris Cargill, the Eastern Washington Director for the Washington Policy Center.

The director said Yakima voters have already approved tax limitation policies five times at the state level.