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University Place drops proposed $20 vehicle fee

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm with 12 Comments »
November 9, 2010 2:39 pm

The University Place City Council has dropped a proposed $20 vehicle fee.

Last week’s rejection by voters of two initiatives to privatize liquor sales provides the city with additional money without having to turn to the so-called transportation benefit district.

The City Council moved unanimously Monday night to remove the fee from consideration, a week after it had decided to move forward with the proposal. The action canceled a public hearing scheduled for Monday on the proposal.

“We just felt that getting that amount of revenue could make it unlikely that we would need the transportation benefit district option,” Mayor Debbie Klosowski said before the meeting.

The city receives liquor profits and taxes, which amount to about $400,000 a year, but Interim City Manager Steve Sugg drastically reduced the amount in the his proposed 2011-12 budget, anticipating voters would approve one or both measures on Nov. 2. Fifty-three percent of statewide voters turned down Initiative 1100 and 64 percent of voters rejected Initiative 1105.

Sugg had budgeted about $200,000 in 2011 as the phasing in of either initiative was anticipated to bring in six months of revenue. He anticipated no revenue the following years.

Sugg had proposed a balanced budget, but the council was exploring using revenue from the transportation benefit district to pay for additions in spending it brought forward. It trimmed some costs, but the cost savings wasn’t enough to pay for the additions, primarily hiring a full-time police investigator at a cost of $130,000 in 2011 and $145,000 in 2012. The costs includes training and equipping the new officer.

The council is scheduled to conclude its budget discussions and adopt the two-year spending plan on Monday.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. CrazyTed says:

    $130,000 for one cop? What are you crazy?

  2. gonefishin69690 says:

    Agree ted, for that price, this cop had better be a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Dirty harry.

  3. Daisydog says:

    I was hoping for more of a Paul Kersey…..

  4. vespius says:

    Where are the millions from selling T shirts at Chambers Bay?

  5. demeter says:

    your local government at work! now you can only imagine how bad it is at the federal level!

  6. TacomaBorn says:

    NO money from the Chamber Bay Open went to the City of University Place – it ALL went to the PGA!

    I am SO glad our tax dollars will NOT be wasted on the proposed $20.00 vehicle fee

  7. northwestrealtor says:

    University Place City Council is comprised of a bunch of knuckleheads
    who no little to nothing about business management or construction. These people should be voted out and replaced with people who know how to effectively run a budget and are able to focus on progress and accountability.
    That mudhole mess known as “Towne Center” is a good visual of poor management and lack of commercial construction knowledge. Drive by the
    covered garage parking sometime and check out all the rock pockets in the
    concrete structure. The City of University Place should be ashamed of themselves for turning out such crap.


    Yep, 130k seems like alot to the average person. When you add in all of the extras that your employer deals with, it is not as bad. His car won’t run on air. State Farm isn’t providing free insurance. The firing range isn’t surviving on recycled lead. A cost of 130K does not equate to the officer walking home with a bucket full of cash.

  9. Well you figure..
    $30,000 for equipment (protection, car etc)
    $45,000 for adminstrative costs and other wasteful spending
    $30,000 for the new officers wage..

    Make sense now?

  10. Not to worry folks !

    When the revenues from the Ladenberg Links Tournaments start pouring in, all will be well !

  11. I noticed I forgot to add in the 30,000 unaccounted missing money.. that was on purpose because that will eventually happen.

  12. Spartacus says:

    Hey, they could easily cut 2 executive administraive positions and be able to fund 4 new cops!

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