The Bonney Lake City Council made its feelings about a proposed three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax increase for Pierce Transit crystal clear Tuesday night.
The seven-member council unanimously approved a resolution opposing Proposition 1, which is on the Feb. 8 ballot.
“Hopefully our area will speak loudly” in the election, said Deputy Mayor Dan Swatman.
The council’s vote isn’t much of a surprise. Mayor Neil Johnson, who’s on the Pierce Transit board, recently told The News Tribune about his objections.
The resolution lists several reasons for the council’s opposition, including that the city would see reduced bus service even if it passes.
Bonney Lake “wants to see transit service to small cities in outlying areas of the county improved before committing additional resources in the form of a sales tax increase,” it says.
Supporters say the sales tax increase is needed to maintain bus service amid declining revenues.
Bonney Lake, Pierce County’s fifth-largest city, has about 16,700 people.