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TACOMA: Let’s support road repair efforts

Letter by Bethany Lynn Fabyunkey, Tacoma on May 4, 2012 at 9:30 am with 8 Comments »
May 4, 2012 12:21 pm

Re: “Tacomans support tax for roads, survey shows” (TNT, 5-2).

In the last 10 years, the City of Tacoma and the Chamber of Commerce have invested much time and money into building the city into a place that will attract tourists as well as new residents. Condominiums, first-class restaurants, hotels and world-class museums saturate the downtown area, bringing millions of dollars of revenue to merchants.

What a surprise it must be for tourists and new city dwellers to come across the moon-like surfaces that we call streets. It is disrespectful to tourists, citizens and most importantly the city herself to keep our roads in such disrepair.

Tacoma and her citizens are at a crossroads of change. Now is the time for locals to accept responsibility to improve our streets, band together and take measures to raise the money that will benefit us all.

The people of Tacoma have always taken pride in community involvement, and we are now urged to prove our involvement.

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  1. Must be a roads and grounds worker, the roads can be made of gold, Tacoma still won’t attract tourists like Seattle.

  2. philichi says:

    Perhaps Tacoma should reprioritize current tax dollars that are flowing in. Also, if Tacoma cares about tourists, please ask these picketers on Pacific to take their crap and leave town.

  3. tree_guy says:

    Now is the time for locals to accept responsibility to improve our streets, band together and take measures to raise the money that will benefit us all.” Bethany

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/05/04/please-vote-yes/#storylink=cpy

    For the record, Bethany, the locals HAVE BEEN accepting responsibility for maintaining the streets. We pay our taxes. However the city council has seen fit to play accounting games with the city funds and make it appear that the only way to make repairs is to increase taxes yet again. When our city council over funds pet projects and over pays city workers it’s unlikely that there will be enough remaining to keep our roads paved.

  4. harleyrider1 says:

    Once the City Council directed the new Manager to begin zero-based bargaining with all (police and fire) city unions, I would be willing to pay more taxes. I’m not paying them so starting salaries are $50,000-$70,000 plus benefits.

    Zero-based bargaining is legal, but politically not popular. it simply means, this contract negotiations, we start with nothing. Both sides start over.

    A disproportionate amount of Tacoma’s tax-dollars not go to salaries and not the City, itself. There is little money left for infrastructure. This needs to be turned back around.

  5. harleyrider1 says:

    Once the City Council directed the new Manager to begin zero-based bargaining with all (police and fire) city unions, I would be willing to pay more taxes. I’m not paying them so starting salaries are $50,000-$70,000.

    Zero-based bargaining is legal, but politically not popular. it simply means, this contract negotiations, we start with nothing. Both sides start over.

    A disproportionate amount of Tacoma’s tax-dollars not go to salaries and not the City, itself. There is little money left for infrastructure. This needs to be turned back around.

  6. RLangdon says:

    “Tacoma and her citizens are at a crossroads of change. Now is the time for locals to accept responsibility to improve our streets, band together and take measures to raise the money that will benefit us all.”

    Is Bethany running for office?

  7. kluwer says:

    Gosh those unions are so powerful!
    Is there anything they don’t control?
    Amazing how much damage they do when only a very tiny percentage of Americans belong to unions!
    Incredible how they bankrupt cities, towns, counties and states with their huge salaries and bags of gold, rubies, diamonds and what not at retirement when in fact govt. workers tend to earn less than the average American.
    How do they do it?

  8. speakeasy says:

    It’s amazing how some Tacomans will advocate increased taxes for basic government services such as road repair….. while likely remaining silent as millions are spent on frivialities, boondoggles and other wasteful or spendthrift escapades.

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