I read the voter’s pamphlet on Pierce Transit Proposition 1 and the Peninsula School District bond measure and question asking the voters to approve sales and property tax increases at this time.
Salary levels at Pierce Transit seem fair, and I see a lot of empty buses around Gig Harbor. We need more efficiency first and tax increases as the last resort.
I visit the schools and sports fields and find them clean and in good condition. I listen to presentations about bang for our bucks, low interest rates and contractors hungry for work. Then I learn these contracts will cost more because of laws requiring prevailing wage.
My 92-year-old mother gets no cost-of-living increase for her Social Security. Her gas, food, taxes and health care all going up. I know many retired people on fixed income tightening their belts and barely getting by. Consider the loss of value in our homes (20 percent) without comparable drops in property taxes. Daily you read about pay cuts and furloughs.
In these economic times government must address priorities. Until this country can afford an increase for Social Security no one in America should get a pay raise and no taxes should be increased.
Both ballot measures are worthy, but the timing seems ill-advised. I must say no for now and ask both groups to come back to voters when the economy improves. In the meantime take it up a belt notch like the rest of us.