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BUSES: Enough is enough; no more tax requests

Letter by Curtis J. Boody, Tacoma on Nov. 23, 2012 at 11:03 am | No Comments »
November 23, 2012 1:51 pm

Re: “Pierce Transit must regroup, rethink after Prop. 1 defeat” (editorial, 11-18).

The editorial finally provided a more balanced presentation of the pros and cons surrounding the proposed transit tax increase. Prior to this, the paper had frequently repeated Pierce Transit’s threatened “dire” consequences if the tax increase failed, without commenting on the other side of the issue.

Unfortunately, now The News Tribune is calling for yet another attempt to increase this tax. The rationale is that the transit tax was defeated by a slim majority and the transit board could tip the scales by including a sunset provisison to make the tax more palatable.

Let’s see, this is the second time in two years that a transit tax increase has gone down to defeat. Is The News Tribune advocating that if a law or tax it supports doesn’t pass in a democratic election, then just keep hammering at voters till they give in?

What are the costs to repeatedly put a measure on the ballot? How much did Pierce Transit pay in expenses connected to the proposition?

I think The News Tribune would better serve its readership, the voters of Pierce County and the riders of Pierce Transit by calling for a reorganization of the Pierce Transit board that has so ineptly performed on these ballot issues, labor negotations and overall stratigic planning.

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