At the October 5th Kirkland City Council meeting, two Public Hearings were held regarding upcoming ballot measures in the general election.
During the Public Hearing on Proposition 1, several speakers addressed the council including King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. No speakers addressed the council regarding Initiative 1053.
Following discussion, the Kirkland City Council voted to urge Kirklanders to vote YES on Propposition 1 to increase sales and use taxes by .02% in part for Public Safety. The Council also voted to urge Kirklanders to vote NO on Initiative 1053 to require a two-thirds majority of the state legislature to increase taxes.
The vote in support of the tax increase passed by a margin of 4 to 3. The three NO votes were cast by Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet and Council members Bob Sternoff and Amy Walen.
The vote against Initiative 1053 passed by a margin of 5 to 2. The two minority votes were cast by Council members Bob Sternoff and Amy Walen.