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July 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Metro faces cuts in funding

Taxes should not target drivers

A Metro bus driver makes his way down Fourth Avenue. [John Lok, The Seattle Times.]

A Metro bus driver makes his way down Fourth Avenue. [John Lok, The Seattle Times.]

No one seems to notice that King County Metro says its cuts will be “up to” 17 percent if it doesn’t get the tax increase it’s looking for. [“Metro faces potential cuts as existing funds dwindle,” NW Tuesday, July 2.]

Government agencies typically give a worst-case scenario when they don’t get the funding they want. This strikes me as the usual wolf-crying by a poorly managed agency.

If there is to be a tax increase, it should not be on the backs of automobile drivers, no matter how much Mayor Mike McGinn and his backers despise us. If bus service benefits everyone, as they claim, then everyone should pay by means of a sales tax increase.

Now that we’re talking about transit and taxes, it is long overdue to bring bicycles into the mix. I see no reason why an adult bicycle rider shouldn’t pay the same annual fees that are paid by an adult moped rider.

Charles Pluckhahn, Seattle

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