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.