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October 27, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Election season

The good old days

Won’t it be nice when the election, with its disparaging political ads, is finally over and we once again can give our undivided attention to an overload of erectile-dysfunction pitches filling the vacuum.

–Thomas Frey, Kingston

Think before you vote

King County voters don’t realize the repercussions their votes have on their fellow citizens. A story written by Kyung M. Song in early October explained that as the state’s voters approved a flat rate in motor-vehicle tax in 1999, they eliminated a dedicated fund for vital services to the most vulnerable. [“Public-health agencies end up on critical list,” Local News, Oct. 7.]

In addition to voting out the automobile-tab tax, a proposal to restrict property tax at 1 percent was approved in 2001. With a $93.4 million budget deficit for 2009, health and human services face huge cuts at a time when they are needed the most.

Voters need to look at the long-term effects of their decisions. If property taxes had grown with inflation between 2002 and 2008, King County would have an additional $35 million for the general fund budget and we wouldn’t be facing the deficit we are in now.

With that money, we wouldn’t need to make cuts to services that bring security or reduce poverty, and we would have a better economy.

When services are cut, homelessness will grow along with crime. And disease control and many other services thousands of people depend on will disappear. The only solution is to raise the taxes and look toward the future.

— N. Bronte Neel, Seattle

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