Letter: Senate Dems wrong to raid education money for transit
It is bad enough that the citizens of Snohomish, King and Pierce counties are being fleeced by Sound Transit 3 with inflated values on our vehicles to collect outlandish car tab fees, but now it appears via Todd Herman’s radio show that Senators Marko Liias and Steve Hobbs are suggesting taking money set aside for education. This concept is outrageous.
Their proposed amendment to Senate Bill 5893 would switch all car tab fees to only a slightly lower depreciation schedule, but would enable lawmakers to take dollars from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account – an account set up exclusively for “…educational services to improve educational outcomes in early learning, K-12, and higher education including, but not limited to, for youths that are low-income, homeless, or in foster care, or other vulnerable populations.”
This amendment failed, but it was along party lines. Think of the damage as one government account is raided to support another aspect of a failed system – namely Sound Transit.
The Senate Republicans approved a bill  that would have Sound Transit use the Kelley Blue Book value. The bill, authored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, is now headed to the House of Representatives. I urge you to call your representatives to support this bill.
Sound Transit has proven itself untrustworthy with our tax dollars, deceptive in their communication to the taxpayers on their means to fund this project, and holds no accountability to the taxpayers of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Again, two of our public servants suggest pilfering dollars from accounts set aside for lower income education, ironically after Sen. Liias himself stated “we should not balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.”
This is our money and every penny must be used appropriately.