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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Funding Metro: Proposal is as progressive as possible

I appreciate Jonathan Martin’s fresh perspectives at The Seattle Times. But his column about tax proposals left out some important details about the Metro proposal [“Prepare for the groan of tax fatigue,” Opinion, Jan. 27].

First, the proposed vehicle license fee would include a rebate for low-income households, which helps make it less regressive. Second, the county does not have authority to levy a more progressive tax (based on the value of your car), and the Legislature has been unwilling to provide that authority. If the county does not act now, bus service would be reduced this year — certainly not a good prospect for many low-income individuals who depend on the bus.

It’s also important to note that the transportation proposal funds not only Metro, but also local road maintenance, and includes a 0.1 percent sales tax.

I’m proud of King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council for using the tools they have to save bus service and preserve local roads.

Melanie Mayock, Seattle

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