watched from his
office Wednesday as recreational fliers practiced touch-and-go on the 6 , 000-foot runway at Bremerton National Airport.
The sun was shining , but it was the day after election day and Brandenburg's mood was gloomy.
Washington voters had approved tax-limiting Initiative 747 , sending a strong anti-spend message to thousands of local government entities across the state that receive property tax revenues.Most , like the Port of Bremerton where Brandenburg is executive director , had prepared for the worst
.They wrote their 2002 budgets with only a 1 percent increase in property tax revenue plugged in.One percent is the 747 limit , a 500 percent decrease from the maximum 6 percent previously allowed by law.Many agencies
, like fire districts , have been belt-tightening for a few years , sensing a taxpayer revolt behind the long line of recent similar measures , some of which failed or were thrown out by the courts.
That in itself is an expensive , time-consuming thing , Brandenburg
It probably won't happen quite that way , but officials aren't ready to predict exactly how it will happen.
It's very disspiriting , Brandenburg
said , when you know you're good stewards and something like this comes along..