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Last EditedRalphie  Jun 30, 2005 05:59am
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News DateThursday, June 30, 2005 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionInitiative promoter Tim Eyman, apparently assured of a November vote on his performance audits measure, said Wednesday he’s already working with allies on a property rights initiative for next year.

Eyman, whose initiatives brought the state $30 car tabs and property tax limits, said he intends to help push a 2006 initiative that says state and local government cannot take private property without proper compensation.

A critic said such an initiative has been a foregone conclusion after Oregon passed a similar proposition last year.

“It’s extremely radical, a devastating initiative that would really limit the ability of local communities to do any sort of growth management,” said David Goldstein, a Seattle software designer and blogger who contends that the initiative process is being widely misused.

Eyman said a loose-knit coalition, including the Building Industry Association of Washington, the Grange, Farm Bureau and property rights groups, is drafting the language, and the campaign will be a joint effort, not an Eyman initiative.

The plan is to “bring some balance and sanity to a critically important issue,” Eyman said. The proposal says that when zoning or other government action decreases property value, the owner would have to be compensated or the regulation set aside.

He said it’s modeled after Oregon’s Measure 37, which passed last year.
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