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October 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Metro funding: There are many more priorities for taxpayer money

This is in response to the editorial “This time, vote to expand Metro’s service” [Opinion, Oct. 11] regarding Seattle Transportation District Proposition 1. We all need to step back and regroup.

Metro’s financial circumstances have improved dramatically since the proposal to add .01 percent to the sales tax and $60 to car-tab fees was conceived. Now, instead of simply restoring cuts, adding needed services (in part to avoid overly crowed buses) and wisely creating a rainy-day fund, the new revenues would generate funds for another 233,000 hours of service on top of all that.

Seattle, the region and the state have many other urgent priorities that are in need of funding. Among those are roads and bridges needing repair; aging water and sewer pipes that need replacement; shortfalls in funding basic education; funding to purchase new ferries and maintain the ones we have; and providing adequate wages for caregivers, among other needs. Regardless of the jurisdiction — state, county or local — they all require taxpayer dollars.

When the Metro Transit proposal was created, it made sense. It no longer does. It should be restructured and pared down with a nod to the many other high-priority projects for which adequate funding does not exist.

Janet Michaelsen, Seattle

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