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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Metro Transit: The agency needs to stop overspending

So before Seattle voters get a chance to vote on Proposition 1, to increase the sales tax and add a car-tab fee, Metro has announced the good news that it has found enough savings to reduce the cuts in bus-service reductions from 550,000 hours to 400,000 a year [“Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000 hours of bus service,” Local News, Sept. 17].

But just as Metro finished saying that, it follows up with wanting to use the new revenue from Proposition 1 to not only save bus service, but to spend on expanding bus service.

Clearly Metro can only see one vision: how to spend more of the taxpayers’ dollars. Until it can learn to reduce costs on an ongoing basis, the voters of Seattle should not pass any proposition that would empower Metro to spend even more. Metro is in the position it is now because of its constant overspending.

Ron Hopper, Carnation

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