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Pierce Transit to reconsider selection of Robert Hill

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 11:21 am | No Comments »
July 16, 2012 11:25 am

The Pierce Transit board will meet July 23 to reconsider its choice of a committee to write the official opposition statement to the agency’s proposed sales-tax increase.

The decision comes a week after the board named Robert Hill and Ken Paulson as the opposition committee, even though Hill would be writing the voters’ pamphlet statement from jail.

Officials then heard from opponents of the ballot measure who didn’t want Hill, a jailed felon, speaking for them. Paulson himself was the most vocal critic, saying he wouldn’t participate if Hill did.

The board met behind closed doors in executive session this morning, which it is allowed to do only in certain cases, such as to talk to its lawyers about lawsuits. Board member Derek Young, who didn’t attend, said the executive session was held to discuss the legal ramifications of removing Hill from the committee. “This may expose the entity to litigation, basically. They needed to know what the risk was.”

At least five people have contacted Pierce Transit offering to write the measure since news of Hill’s appointment started to circulate. Previously, only Hill and Paulson had applied.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Rainier Room of the Training Center Building at 3720 96th Street S.W. in Lakewood. People who want to be appointed can attend and make their pitch, or if unable, should submit their name, address and a brief written statement by 5 p.m. Friday to Treva Percival at tpercival@piercetransit.org or Treva Percival, Clerk of the Board, Pierce Transit, PO Box 99070, Lakewood, WA 98496.

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