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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

King County Prop. 1: A ‘business’ can’t operate at a loss

Let’s face it, if King County Metro were a business, it would be out of business [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7].

How many companies can continue to operate at a constant loss? Metro does not even recover 30 percent of its operating expenses from fares.

So what is its business model? Keep going back to the taxpayers and asking for additional funding.

Metro, and King County, would likely get a more favorable response from voters if they were willing to raise fares to offset what they are asking the public to fund. What this car-tab and sales-tax increase does is place an unfair tax on those who drive.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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