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9/11: Why wasn’t communication funded?

Letter by Stephen A. Hemmert, Tacoma on Sep. 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | 27 Comments »
September 6, 2011 2:34 pm

Re: “State ready if terrorists strike” (TNT, 9-6).

Finally, an accounting has been done on how the federal monies for preparedness have been spent. Washington state received $400 million, with $28 million going to Pierce County.

Since 2001, when the World Trade Center towers collapsed, there have been news reports after news report concerning the inability of first responders to communicate with each other in New York City. This is a problem in Pierce County, for which the proposed remedy is an increase in the sales tax.

If the inability to communicate is a problem, why weren’t some of these funds used in the last 10 years to upgrade the communication systems? Was this good planning? Is the estimated $300 million collected for systems upgrades for infrastructure and equipment really necessary?

When the “free” federal monies have been exhausted, are we going to be hit with a sales tax increase for years to come? At least now the voters have been informed when casting their ballots on the issue.

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