As a retired volunteer fire fighter and EMT, I definitely believe in the 911 system, but I don’t support the new 911 tax. Why? Because I think we are being scammed!
This “just one tenth of a percent” sales and use tax joins all the other “just one tenth of a percent” taxes, and would be in addition to the Washington state 911 tax and the Pierce County 911 surcharge we already pay on our home telephone and cell phone bills.
The voters pamphlet states that the proposed tax is only for the 911 upgrade, but how hard would that be to change by a quiet vote of the Pierce County Council once the 911 system is paid for?
Radio systems are expensive. It can easily cost $2,500 for an up-to-date hand held radio. The new system will cost millions to upgrade, but we do not need an open ended, endless tax to pay for it. Once in place, it will never be repealed.
The voters have repeatedly said, “no new taxes.” It is time to say “No!” again.