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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Seattle transportation cuts

King County needs to manage money better

Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King County a local option to fund transportation,” Opinion, May 14].

Well, if good business is the thought of the day, then how about focusing on the principle of watching the nickels and dimes and letting the dollars take care of themselves?

As an example, Constantine pushed to have the county run its own boat shuttle service, even though it is costing the taxpayers about three times more than when the service was contracted out to a private vendor. That’s like jumping around the money tree for more tax dollars while buckets of dimes and quarters are rolling down the hill.

How about spending more time focusing first on the details of monetary management before lobbying for authority to open the sluice gates of spending?

Tom Ruszala, Seattle

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