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Saturday, October 15th, 2005: Page updated at 8:00 PM

Election 2005

Your guide to the gas-tax initiative

Last spring the state Legislature approved a 9.5-cent-a-gallon gas-tax increase, to be phased in over four years, to fund 274 state road projects. Initiative 912, on the ballot in November, would repeal the increase. A guide to understanding the gas tax and Initiative 912.

The purpose | The projects | The cost | The alternatives

The cost: A typical driver would pay about $52 more a year

If the initiative is rejected, the new gas tax will be phased in over four years. At 31 cents a gallon, Washington now is tied with Rhode Island for the seventh-highest gas tax in the nation. Hawaii has the highest, and Alaska has the lowest.