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PROJECTS: Where’s the money to come from?

Letter by Kenneth A. Nilsen, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm | No Comments »
January 31, 2013 12:37 pm

Recently there has been a lot of talk about business wanting the state Route 167 and 509 extensions and the billions they are going to cost. Others want a cross-base highway and to tax us to prevent flooding from damaging Interstate 5.

Has anybody but me noticed that building permits have been given to build warehouses, stores, condos, apartments, houses, car and mobile home dealerships in the flood plain between Interstate 5 and the Puyallup River? In fact they are at a lower level than the highway. If it is safe enough for them, I-5 cannot be in danger.

Now for what we the people want: potholes fixed, all fire stations manned, the ability to support our transit system for those who depend on it, lines painted on our streets to keep us safe, school levies to pass. We have been bled dry; we have no more money.

In Seattle, people choose to extend their commute only because they cannot afford the tolls plus gas. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge loses patrons every time the toll goes up so those remaining must pay more to make up the loss. A fee was put on parks, so people quit going to them. They have no money.

Food, utilities and license tabs continue to go up. If you are working, your wages have not kept up with the cost of living for years. We have no money left

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