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BUSES: It’s a matter of charity, not taxes

Letter by Rev. John E. Koehler, Tacoma on Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:39 am | No Comments »
October 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Regarding Pierce Transit Proposition 1, the transportation (bus) proposal: If approved, this measure will increase the sales tax by 30 cents for each $100 spent on taxable items. Is this really all that much? It is for big-ticket items, but these are usually paid in installments, not all at once.

Consider the result if Prop. 1 fails. This would be devastating for people who rely on the bus system for transportation to work, to church, to grocery stores, to weekend events, to evening entertainment, and to human services from doctors to food banks.

I, for one, consider the small tax necessary to restore full bus service as the best single expense I can take on to help the poor, the disabled and the marginalized in Tacoma as well as keeping Tacoma a desirable place to live. Although I don’t like this added tax, my social commitment to my community and simple charity to so many needy citizens give me a moral obligation to vote yes on Prop.1. I hope you can find it in your heart to vote likewise.

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