Save Tacoma Water was successful in having received our ballot title and number late last week from the City Attorney’s Office. However we have re-examined the initiative and have been advised that there is an opportunity to further strengthen the proposed ordinance by filing a few modifications to our original submission. For example, one major change would clarify that it is the water permit applicant that would have to pay the cost of a public vote on the water permit. Clearly, taxpayers should not have to pay that bill as it is estimated that a citywide initiative could cost about $100,000. With support and guidance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a national public interest law firm, Save Tacoma Water intends to file a new initiative this week. Kai Huschke is the Northwest Organizer from CELDF assisting Save Tacoma Water.
As our initiative gathered steam, rumors were floating around that we were going to be sued. Given the David and Goliath fight we are in, we found this to be a blessing in disguise. Soon, we will be posting the new improved language that is guaranteed to remain in place even after a court challenge.