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TACOMA: ‘New revenue’ means higher taxes

Letter by Daniel Hillman, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:34 am with 6 Comments »
January 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Re: “Tacoma streets need new revenue – responsibly spent” (editorial, 1-24).

The News Tribune should be honest enough to call “new revenue” what it really is: a tax increase.

Also be honest enough to tell readers the real truth about this proposal: Adding $1 per $1,000 assessed valuation would increase the Tacoma city property tax rate by 38 percent and increase the total combined property tax rate by 7 percent.

All other things being equal, this proposal would increase all homeowners’ and business owners’ property taxes by 7 percent. Renters should also expect a rent increase if this proposal is approved.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. ManuelMartini says:

    And when gas prices go up, call it “gouging”

  2. It is becoming increasingly obvious over the years the Tacoma City Council has not been doing their jobs. Infrastructure does not fall apart over night. The Council forever has been preoccupied with downtown. The managers in city government have been sitting on their hands and collecting paychecks. Tacoma government and the council have never been pro active. They have always been reactive, and, usually their reaction has been too late. Look at the Elks property and Wal-Mart. Whether you agree with Wal-Mart or not, why didn’t the city government inventory large tracts of property, and, discuss the issue before Wal-Mart?

    Why haven’t the roads and sewers and other infrastructure been subject to a maintenance and renovation schedule?

    Am I suspicious of the city getting more “revenue” and fixing the problems? You bet I am.

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    Thay tax us, give their union buddies a pay raise, then tax us again to fix potholes. Who are they kidding.

    I want to see city managers out there fixing pothole perfore you talk about a tax increase. You can’t get any more blood out of us, we are broke. It’s you and your unions turn to feel the pain.

    No new taxes, and I mean it.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    Supposedly, at one time our taxes were enough to cover basic road maintenance. Can we please go back to that time and eliminate everything we’ve added to the budget since that time? If those “new” services are truly essential our leaders should be asking us for new taxes to cover them, not diverting from the infrastructure budget. It probably works out the same but it sits better with me because it is more honest.

  5. hansgruber says:

    “New revenue’ means higher taxes”

    Finally, someone understands!

  6. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Great letter Dan. I like you. Finally there is someone who thinks like me.

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