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Yakima Chamber of Commerce Hears Both Sides of Proposition One

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Local business owners debated over Yakima's Proposition One on Tuesday. Local business owners debated over Yakima's Proposition One on Tuesday.

YAKIMA, WA. -- Local business owners debated over Yakima's Proposition One on Tuesday. The Chamber of Commerce hosted the event to hear both sides of the issue.

Proposition One deals with how the Yakima City Council goes about voting on new taxes.

Proposition One would make the council approve a new tax with a two-thirds majority rather than a simple majority as they do now.

With seven people on the council, they're talking about increasing the votes needed for a new tax from just four to five. But it's more than that.

Supporters of Prop. One say this bill is about believing that government should only raise taxes as a last resort. While the No side believes that this proposition would limit the ability of the city to fund important projects.

"We need to give the City Council the option of doing what they have to, to improve our city," local business owner Tony Sandoval said.

"I believe it's important that we put in place sensible limits on government increase in taxes and that's what Proposition 1 does," political activist Ben Shoval said.

The city council does not have a track record of continuously raising taxes and if the council cannot decide whether or not to raise a tax, it also has the ability to send tax increases to a public vote.

Ballots were mailed last week for people registered to vote in Yakima County. The last day for registration is Monday.

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