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Tag: Dan Roach


Give citizens the decision on emergency dispatch tax

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

A new tax to fix Pierce County’s fragmented 911 system could prove a tough sell this November – but let’s allow the voters to decide whether to buy it.

Right now, the County Council is split on whether to put the proposed tenth-of-a-percent sales tax on the ballot. The toughest opposition has come from council members Joyce McDonald and Dan Roach, who represent East Pierce County.

The dispute largely revolves around Puyallup, which has spent $8.5 million improving its emergency dispatch system. Its leaders say the city shouldn’t be forced to pay twice, for their own investment and for the technology of a consolidated county system. They’re also fretting about the fate of the 25 employees who work at Puyallup’s emergency communications center.
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For County Council: Roach, Talbert, Flemming

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For the foreseeable future, Pierce County government is likely to be all about making do with less, slogging through the present economic agony while still providing police protection and other essential services for citizens.

The County Council, which writes the budget, is where much of the action will be. Its spending decisions will shape county government, sparing some programs at the expense of others, approving labor contracts and otherwise making ends meet with excruciatingly tight revenues.

County voters are about to pick three fresh faces for the council’s three open positions, which

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