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April 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

King County Prop. 1: While buses are valued, we can’t afford more taxes and fees

Lurking within the current debate about Proposition 1 for Metro and roads funding is a significant irony [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7].

Backers of Proposition 1 are right that seniors rely on the bus for most transportation around Seattle. While we, my wife and I, value our bus service, we also value our home. The dilemma here is that the barrage of increasing taxes and fees, from property taxes to proposed new car tabs, and possibly a new parks levy, is impacting our ability to remain in our home. We live on a fixed income of Social Security and retirement savings. As the cost of remaining here increases, our ability to pay these taxes and fees decreases.

This taxes-and-services quandary is nasty, unsustainable and regressive. While I will probably vote yes on Proposition 1, I would remind city and county officials that tax and fee structures that drive seniors from their homes will be hugely unpopular and obviously counterproductive.

This proposed fee, and the probable parks levy, emphasize that this city and county must find equitable and sustaining tax structures that do not adversely impact the very citizens whom the agencies are meant to serve.

Michael W. Shurgot, Seattle

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