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TACOMA: Support Prop. 1 and fix city’s streets

Letter by Erik Bjornson, Tacoma on Oct. 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm | No Comments »
October 10, 2013 2:44 pm

Tacoma’s blighted, pothole-ladened streets are painfully evident to both residents of Tacoma and visitors alike and pose a risk to any car attempting to travel on them.

The reality is that Tacoma’s streets will never be improved without a focused funding effort, which Proposition 1 offers Nov. 5. One of the beauties of Proposition 1 is that, unlike proposals to raise the sales tax, it allows multimillion-dollar hospitals, large corporations, entities in the Port of Tacoma, Walmart, and state and federal entities to participate in paying to repair the streets.

Outlying suburban areas, such as Fife and University Place – which benefit greatly from bargain rates from Tacoma Public Utilities and use of the roads in Tacoma while avoiding paying any B&O tax – would be able to participate in the repair as well.

With the cost of repairing the roads spread to such a wide group, the cost per person is negligible, making it an easy choice to vote yes on Proposition 1 this November.

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