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BUSES: Proposition 1 unfair to the public

Letter by Sammi S. Palmer, Tacoma on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:53 am with No Comments »
October 8, 2012 12:42 pm

As a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts, I understand the importance of Pierce Transit. I rode the bus every day for three years.

The bus system is an essential part of life for thousands of Tacoma residents, especially for low-income families who rely on buses exclusively for travel to and from work. These people rely on the transit system to earn a living, which is why I am appalled at the situation we’re currently facing with Proposition 1.

In 2011, The News Tribune reported the salaries of Pierce Transit employees as a matter of public record. Twenty managers were making more than $100,000 a year. Pierce Transit CEO Lynne Griffith’s salary was reported at $177,748. I suppose we should be grateful; in 2009, she was making $205,853.

I can’t support paying more to Pierce Transit, an increase of .3 percent sales tax in addition to the .6 it’s already collecting, just because it is threatening to cut the current routes by more than half.

I refuse to be held hostage by an agency that pays that much in salaries to its managers. It’s wrong for them to put the livelihoods of so many people in peril, just to keep raking in the cash. It’s unfair to cut service so drastically without cutting high salaries, and that is why I will not support Prop. 1 in this election.

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