Baarsma's lead holds over Moss in race for Tacoma Mayor

It appears that former Tacoma City Concil member Bill Baarsma had defeated Pierce County Council member Harold Moss to become...

Former Tacoma City Council member Bill Baarsma held on to his election-night lead over Pierce County Council member Harold Moss in the race for the mayor of Tacoma.
“It looks like it’s going to be Baarsma,” county Auditor Cathy Pearsall-Stipek said.
Voters overwhelmingly approved all three statewide initiatives on Tuesday’s ballot.
Initiative 747, sponsored by Mukilteo’s Tim Eyman, will cap property tax growth to 1 percent annually, unless voters say otherwise.
Initiative 733 guarantees that Washington state will have the highest cigarette tax in the nation, with the price of a pack of cigarettes passing the $5 mark on Jan. 1, 2002, when the initiative is set to take effect.
I-733 taxes cigarette sales to finance subsidized health care.
Also approved by voters was Initiative 775, which would establish care standards for in-home service providers.
According to unofficial election results from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, there were 110,554 ballots cast, out of 351,206 registered voters, for a voter turnout rate of 31 percent.
At press time, the Auditor’s Office was scheduled to update unofficial election results at 4 p.m.

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