I plan to reluctantly vote for Proposition 1, the .3 percent sales tax increase for Pierce Transit. It is a 50 percent increase from the present .6 percent sales tax.
I completely agree with The News Tribune editorial (1-20) that government compensation needs to be reformed, sooner than later. I also agree that the shuttle service needs serious reform.
Pierce Transit’s compensation plan simply mimics compensation plans for the City of Tacoma and Pierce County. All three plans need to be revised to come closer to the real market compensation in Tacoma.
The shuttle system is broken and needs fixing. It costs almost $80 for a round trip. A disabled person working for minimum wage grosses about $80 per day in pay, but it costs Pierce Transit $80 to transport the person?
I know a disabled person who uses the shuttle for a lot of questionable trips. It should cost the person $5 or $10 so there is a personal financial reason to minimize trips.
I’m voting for Proposition 1 because I know that peak oil arrived about 2005, and Pierce Transit uses compressed natural gas to power its fleet.
We may have a 100-year supply of natural gas in the United States. I expect gasoline will soon cost $5 or more per gallon, so we all will be relying more on good transit in the near future.