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January 5, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Affordable housing: Middle class is paying

Ethan Blevins’ guest column “Forcing developers to fund Seattle’s affordable housing is wrong” [Opinion, Jan. 1] is a wonderful exercise in Dickensian irony.

This city and state are rife with government handouts and concessions to developers. Every infrastructure project is paid for largely by the middle class but benefit the wealthy disproportionately. Utility price hikes, necessitated by out-of-control growth, pay for new capacity for all those new buildings, not for servicing existing customers.

Is there benefit to others? Of course. All those building projects have workers, and the developments support businesses and residences. But it is the middle-class taxpayer who foots the bill (and then watches taxes rise because real-estate values soar).

Stuart Weibel, Seattle

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