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TAXES: Funds needed for the common good

Letter by Linda L. Higgins, Tacoma on July 25, 2011 at 11:26 am | 3 Comments »
July 25, 2011 3:06 pm

Re: “Regressive sales tax hurts low-income families” (letter, 7-24).

While I agree with the letter writer that sales taxes are regressive, I disagree with his view about paying taxes for services such as public transportation. Such services support the common good.

I don’t use public transportation to get to work, and I’m fortunate to have income to afford gas and the maintenance of a car. I voted for the sales tax increase for Pierce Transit because I knew that a decrease in public transportation services would impact people who rely on them, such as those with disabilities.

I will also vote for the increase to fund the 911 dispatching agency and upgraded police and fire departments’ radio systems because we benefit from them as a community. Similarly, I vote for school maintenance and operations levies. I don’t have children but educated community members benefit all of us so I consistently vote yes for these measures.

I hope all of us stop and think about the consequences if we think only of these services in the context of our individual needs.

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