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May 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Metro: Mayor Murray needs to think first about city residents

Apparently, you can take Seattle Mayor Ed Murray out of the state Senate, but you can’t take the state Senate out of Mayor Murray [“Seattle mayor opposes push to raise city property taxes for transit, will offer own plan,” Local News, May 8].

He needs to quit thinking like a legislator, and govern like a mayor. He has forgotten the cardinal rule of a chief executive: protect your own constituents.

As a Seattleite, who is completely dependent on Metro transit to get to my job, I don’t want to be crammed into a bus like a sardine. Murray can’t guarantee to Seattle transit riders that the state Senate will be taken back, by the Democrats, this November.

Also, apparently Murray isn’t aware the Seattle City Charter authorizes the City Council to override a recently passed initiative by a two-thirds vote.

If the Legislature comes up with a new funding source for King County Metro Transit, the City Council could repeal the Seattle property tax that might be passed in November.

Mayor Murray needs to get on the right side of this.

Steven L. Kendall, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, metro, state Senate

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