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911: Tax math adds up to too much

Letter by David Erickson, University Place on July 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm with 4 Comments »
July 29, 2011 2:03 pm

Re: “911 tax to go to voters” (TNT, 7-27).

Does the Pierce Count Council really think we need to spend $300 million on a 911 tax? As I read the article on the proposed new tax, I thought I misread it. So I had to read it again and really could not believe what I was reading.

The council voted 5-2 to put the sales tax increase on the November ballot after limiting the tax to 25 years. They said the tax should raise $12 million a year.

Let’s do the math: 25 x $12 million = $300 million.

There is no way that a new 911 system can cost this much. If the council thinks they can get this past the voters, then it time for us to vote in some new council members.


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  1. Really911 says:

    Welll Said, I hope everyone asks this question, and more. Like….What is happening to the money that is collected on phone bills…..There is definately money mismanagement going on. Before we give the county more money, they need to be good sheppards of the money they already get..

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    yes – they do– and they will.

    They did before a few years ago. And before you knew it, you owed 45-million dollars for a bank loan to build a city center that never happend.

    You couldn’t stop that. How’d that work out for ya?

  3. davehill90 says:

    Classic mismanagement – spending on what the politicians want to spend on then rolling our what we need most as dependent on new tax dollars

  4. A321196 says:

    David, the county officials are banking on the fact that the failed educational system that made the voters mathematically challenged wound not notice your point.

    Also, as I asked at other letters, :Where did all that “free” money from “the other Washington” go when it was handed out? When the police and fire responders in NYC could not contact each other on 9/11, didn’t our local politicians know we had the same problem? Where did all the first responder funds for Pierce County go? Now we are to pay for new infrastructure and maintain the system for endless years!

    Vote no! I also have a plan and need a sales tax for my pocket. Please send me 10 cents on each hundred dollar purchase.

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