TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – A citizen’s initiative to raise Tacoma’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has qualified for the November ballot.
The News Tribune newspaper reports (http://is.gd/aOygpL ) the Pierce County auditor’s staff has verified that petitions submitted by the 15 Now group contained 3,231 valid signatures of registered Tacoma voters. Another 2,304 signatures were declared invalid for a variety of reasons.
The requirement is 3,160 valid signatures to get a citizen initiative on the ballot.
Under the city charter, the City Council can approve Proposition 1 as written or forward it to voters. The council cannot modify the proposal.
The Tacoma City Council has convened a task force to develop an alternative measure that could also appear on the ballot.