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BUSES: Sales tax hike shouldn’t be permanent

Letter by Jason M. Michaud, University Place on Oct. 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm with No Comments »
October 17, 2012 2:46 pm

Proposition 1 will allow Pierce Transit to survive the current economic climate without further punishing people who rely on public transportation. I support the proposition, but with an expiration date.

The desperately needed sales tax increase is the aftermath of mismanaged negotiations and relaxed oversight by past leadership. Now the burden is the sole responsibility of the taxpayer. Thankfully, it appears that Pierce County leaders have learned from past errors and are working to run a more efficient transportation sector.

My concern is that what happens when we return to a more typical economy? I believe the chance of total economic recovery is 100 percent; I’m just not sure how much longer it will take. But when the revenues returns, will the spending return with it?

I do not wish to punish riders; I enjoy the occasional comfort of being bused around town. However, I do not want to encourage leaders to make bad decisions by always having our wallets as a backstop.

County officials have made a good-faith effort to correct past mistakes, so I’m willing to make an effort to help them out of a jam, just not on a permanent basis.

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