Taxation is based on truth, faith and fairness. When these principles are violated, the relationship between the taxers and the taxed is poisoned.
As a taxpayer in the South Sound, I recall the proposal by Sound Transit to extend the light rail as being tied directly to the request for extra taxation to pay for it. Now we are being told that we must suffer these continued taxes without seeing the benefits because the promise wasn’t “explicit” in the proposal.
Implied or explicit, the purpose was well understood or there would have been no need for any addendum to the original proposal. We are not here to define “is”; a deal is a deal!
Sound Transit’s board should remember that they don,t make decisions in a vacuum. If we are “thrown under the bus” in such a cavalier way, then, who might be next? The board really needs to understand that a show of faithlessness toward us exposes them as faithless to all.
Competent planning for the unforeseen, prior to submitting a proposal to the electorate, should have been done. As the saying goes, “A lack of planning on your part does not represent an emergency on my part.” One thing the board can be sure of, the future will come and with it a need for funding – from us. Now there is something to consider!