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ELECTION: Bunney has exercised bad judgment

Letter by Stacy Emerson, Tacoma on Oct. 15, 2010 at 11:19 am | 1 Comment »
October 15, 2010 11:19 am

As a Pierce County taxpayer, I have witnessed numerous actions by 31st District House candidate Shawn Bunney that were both irresponsible and inappropriate for an elected official.

In April, Bunney failed to notify the cities within his Pierce County Council district of pending legislation to form a flood-control district that would affect their budgets and bring a new tax to their residents.

I contacted the cities myself, and a dozen jurisdictions subsequently appealed the hastily enacted legislation. Did you know that your property taxes could increase another 50 cents per $1,000 assessed value under Bunney’s watch? He also reserved himself a spot on the board of this new taxing district.

During his 2006 campaign for Pierce County executive, Bunney voted for a 28-year, no-bid, multibillion-dollar solid waste contract despite public calls for his recusal. Bunney’s campaign treasurer was also the financial officer for the contract recipient. The contract gave Pierce County citizens the highest garbage rates in the state, with annual rate hikes to boot.

Bunney’s poor judgment has been cited in several area newspapers for his use of $13,000 of taxpayer money for a “newsletter” that was in fact a campaign flyer. This triggered an investigation of Bunney’s campaign finance by the Public Disclosure Commission.

Bunney’s conduct suggests that he is not worthy to represent the people of the 31st District.

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