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TACOMA: Taxpayers won’t support road measures

Letter by John E. Nygard, Tacoma on Jan. 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | 28 Comments »
January 27, 2012 1:35 pm

Re: “Task force lays out partial pothole plan” (TNT, 1-23).

The remarks quoted from members of the citizens street maintenance committee certainly make it seem like they were hand-picked to follow the Tacoma city government wish list. Not one dissenting comment was quoted.

Mark Martinez said the taxes would not be popular with the taxpayers. That is self-evident. David Seago said the car tab fee was a “no-brainer.” Did he ask all those unemployed or low-income folks how they feel? The no-brainer is his arrogance.

Lois Stark apparently thinks voters are too stupid to understand ballot issues since she said it wasn’t a good strategy to have too many options on one ballot. Seago also said that there was no point in putting these issues on the ballot hoping they will pass.

That’s it in a nutshell. We the taxpayers will not support these measures right now. We have no reason to trust a City Council that has gotten us into a severe financial crisis and then comes to us for even more money. Once city government is on a sound financial footing and has earned back taxpayer trust, then talk to us about a reasonable street plan.

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