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TACOMA: Utilities will hike rates if taxed more

Letter by Phil Hogman, University Place on July 31, 2013 at 11:32 am with No Comments »
July 31, 2013 2:40 pm

Re: “Tacomans support utility tax for road repair” (TNT, 7-30).

The article on taxing utilities shows some very misleading survey questions. It almost appears that this 2 percent tax is free money.

Here are some facts. Tacoma Public Utilities’ rate model is “cost of service.” If its cost increases 2 percent, so will the rates.

More than half of Tacoma Public Utilities’ customers are outside the Tacoma city limits, and these folks don’t even get to vote on this measure. Is that even constitutional? Taxed but not represented. Seems we once fought a revolution over that.

My rates may increase 6 percent because I have three utility companies delivering electric, phone and natural gas service. What happens when Puyallup, University Place, Ruston and other cities see the method Tacoma is using to repair streets? They will all follow the leader to raise taxes.

There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just more tricks and tactics that seem very underhanded.

I know how I would vote, but then, I don’t have a voice!

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