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Bonney Lake council votes no on Proposition 1

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Jan. 26, 2011 at 11:57 am with 2 Comments »
January 26, 2011 11:57 am

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.

And last year, the city was one of a handful that discussed “de-annexing” from the transit service.

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.

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  1. Good for you Bonney Lake.
    Sadly we’ll probably still be stuck with a $30.00 tab fee against our will due to typical Olympia shenanigans. But I hope Prop 1 fails and till HB 1536 is forced on us that Pierce Transit has to come up with realistic overhaul of their current mamagement

  2. So how much will Pierce Transit save by cutting all service to Bonney Lake?

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