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TRANSIT: What’s behind sudden ‘found’ funds?

Letter by Bill Pelster, Lakewood on July 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2013 11:53 am

The article (TNT, 7-28) on Pierce Transit suddenly finding funds to avoid cutting back services and laying off employees was enlightening and frustrating.

In last year’s vote, the transit authority tried to scare the taxpayers with a doom-and-gloom scenario. Luckily, we were smart enough to see through their lies.

Now we find out that no cuts are needed and that management has miraculously found funds to close the gap. This screams deception and fraud on the part of transit management who feel they have no accountability to the taxpayers.

If they are unable to forecast their business then they are incompetent. If they knew there were options and failed to disclose that to taxpayers, then we have fraud. Either way, the management team of Pierce Transit has lost the trust of taxpayers and demonstrated that it does not deserve to run this business on our behalf.

In the private sector, the board would replace the management team. What will this board do?

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