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May 15, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Create business district to pay for transit and roads

I opted out of voting on King County Proposition 1 because I thought the measure would put an unfair burden on individuals [“County, city take variety of routes on bus rescue,” Local News, May 12]. It also seemed unjust for the county to threaten that cutting bus routes was the only alternative to a failing measure.

I believe we need improved public transportation as well as safe roads, but I also think business should pay its fair share. Public infrastructure can’t be leveraged solely on the backs of individuals.

I would like to see a business district set up that engages local companies in supporting public transportation and roads. I would also like to see more transparency surrounding taxation for public resources.

The greatest proportion of public transportation use has to be commuters going to and from work. These people are the knowledge base that generates profit for the businesses they work for. But while they pay to commute day after day, profits from many of those businesses are returned to shareholders who can be anywhere in the world. If businesses benefit from transportation, they need to be involved in supporting it.

Tess McMillan, Bellevue

Comments | More in Metro | Topics: business district, King County Proposition 1, Metro Transit


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