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911: Tax proposal isn’t good for Puyallup

Letter by John D. Knutsen, Puyallup on July 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm with 6 Comments »
July 29, 2011 2:02 pm

Some time ago, the federal government mandated updates of the 911 system in Pierce County. Puyallup citizens paid to update while Pierce County, Tacoma and Lakewood declined. Puyallup provides service to other cities and is in compliance.

Time has expired, and jurisdictions have to comply. Those agencies need updates and should for various reasons.

The citizens of Puyallup and their customers should not have to be taxed for upgrading the county, Tacoma and Lakewood’s 911 systems. Problems within their systems are real, but problems with cross communications are exaggerated.

I was on the Tacoma Police Department before LESA. It was supposed to free police officers and cost less. It didn’t. LESA became a large bureaucracy, and now they want to expand. They gobble up tax dollars and are not needed for Puyallup and the cities it serves.

The initial plan is to throw away millions Puyallup paid for its equipment and release its employees. Even if that changed there can be no good that comes from one organization handling communications for smaller cities. The safety of Puyallup’s officers lies in Puyallup’s control of its own 911 system.

Real problems in communications across jurisdictions is relatively nonexistent, otherwise 911 systems would be run statewide by the State Patrol. I believe someone in the county found a way to reach into cities and take taxes that we can no longer use for our cities. We all pay less tax if you just fix your own system.

(Knutsen is a Puyallup City Council member.)

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I am a resounding NO VOTE on any tax increases. They are creeping up on 10% sales tax now. Once they hit it and go over their will be no stopping them.


  2. ValleyTarts says:

    One more time Joyce McDonald and her cronies stick their hands in others’ pockets to feather their own nests.

  3. There is no reason why Puyallup’s citizens should participate in or fund this centralized program. Our emergency dispatch center does an excellent job of dispatching our organic police services as well as those under contract to our city. Our equipment meets or exceeds current federal standards which Pierce County has failed to achieve to this date. Thanks John for standing up for what you believe is the correct choice for our citizens and our police officers.

  4. SteveVermillion, you are totally correct. Puyallup citizens should not be forced to pay twice. Who receives services from Puyallup under contract? Can you tell us? And yes, centralization is not necessary when Puyallup has a superior system already as you stated.

  5. harleyrider1 says:

    Thanks John. Good point. No more carrying of those large investigator briefcases. They only hold fruit anyway.

    It would be progress for Tacoma to jettison the LESA albatross and return to controlling it’s own dispatch.

  6. Really911 says:

    John, Thanks for sticking to your guns on this. You are absolutely right .

    As for ValleyTarts your statement : One more time Joyce McDonald and her cronies stick their hands in others’ pockets to feather their own nests.

    Joyce McDonald is not the problem, she is 1 of the 2 that voted against this. Roger Bush is the one sponsoring this. Direct your distain towards him, along with Pat McCarthy, and her cronies. Come to the Puyallup City Council meeting on 8/16 and let them have it.. Kevin Phelps will be there (Pat McCarthy’s messenger/assistant) .

    Everyone just vote a very loud and resounding NO !

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