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BUSES: Vote reflects taxpayer resentment

Letter by Robert Humphries, Puyallup on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:59 am with No Comments »
November 14, 2012 1:50 pm

The Pierce Transit Authority better start cutting now as it looks like there will be no tax increase to cover poor management. It might start by cutting management/administrative positions (and the salaries of those who remain), cut routes and frequency – thereby cutting the number of union drivers required to operate (since reduction of union salaries is nearly impossible).

Show some managerial skills in running on the budget they currently have, rather than expecting the general public to make it easier to cover bad management. Most of the time the taxpaying public has no voice in telling public servants to be held to a standard that most of the rest of us have to maintain in order to keep our jobs in the private sector.

Wake up, public servants; this is a message not only for Pierce Transit. It is indicative of pent-up resentment from taxpayers of mismanaged public programs across the board. Mismanaged in many cases because of the guaranteed jobs of managers who don’t have the gumption to stand up to union demands to get fat from the public coffers.

Empty or even half-empty buses should have been a clue for management years ago to address. Expecting taxpayers to write another check for more mismanagement is beyond the pale. I am just surprised to see so many who voted for this measure.

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