P-I Board Votes Against I-933. Twice.
The Seattle P-I Editorial Board has already come out against Initiative 933. This is the intitiative that opponents call the "anti-neighborhood" initiative. Now the P-I Editorial Board has done some additional research and have come out with a second Board editorial encouraging voters to vote against I-933. They have picked up on an important flaw in the initiative (my emphasis):
Now, we know that peddlers of simplistic fixes for complex public policy issues roll their eyes when confronted with niggling legal realities. But it would seem that if you force government to pay a penalty for enforcing existing laws yet don't bother to amend those existing laws to give government the power to not enforce them, you've left government with no choice but to pay up.Elsewhere I've posted a list of Editorial Board opinions on I-933, with links to the text. Seventeen Boards encourage a NO vote, one encourages a YES vote and one is neutral.
That would leave us with the same laws, regulations and restrictions in play, land owners still not able to do whatever they want with their land, and the taxpayers stuck with the bill for paying to compensate them.
How big is the bill?
The UW study estimated nearly $8 billion, not a far-fetched number, considering claims filed under a similar Oregon law have topped $6 billion.
Where would I-933 proponents have us get that money? Cut services? Raise taxes? Now wouldn't that be the great irony; the "Property Fairness Initiative" produces the largest collective tax increase in state history -- to pay property owners to obey laws as much as a decade old.
And now the P-I Board feels strongly enough that they have cast their second NO vote.