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BUSES: Pierce Transit has a trick up its sleeve

Letter by Stephanie Anne Ealy, Tacoma on Oct. 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm | No Comments »
October 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Tacoma, once known as the City of Destiny, may get a new title if Proposition 1 passes: City of Highest Destination Sales Tax.

Yes, it’s true: Pierce Transit has a trick up its sleeve, and it’s no treat for Tacoma.

In 2011, voters rejected Prop. 1, but Pierce Transit went back to the drawing board. It took all the precincts that voted down Prop. 1, 106 in all, and cut them out of the taxing scheme but left all the precincts that voted in favor.

If Pierce Transit’s bewitching little brew gets past voters, it will also cost hundreds of thousands of Pierce County folks who didn’t get to vote on the tax increase.

Apparently Pierce Transit can rig the system so that those who don’t get to vote will pay anyway because most of the shopping centers and auto dealers are conveniently inside the new taxing boundaries.

So come one, come all to Tacoma, where you’ll be able to purchase a vehicle with a 10.1 percent tax. Or you drive on over to Puyallup, Fife or Lakewood to get a discounted rate at 10 percent if Prop. 1 passes.

We are a destination sales tax area, citizens. As an accounts payable clerk for Bethel School District, I spend countless hours contacting vendors in and out of state asking for revised invoices.

It’s exasperating to have three different tax rates for more than 20 schools. Currently our highest is 9.4 percent, but that could increase to 9.8 percent for general merchandise purchased. What an accounting nightmare! It’s kinda spooky.

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