Letter: Why vote yes on sales tax? Here are 5 reasons

Sep 13, 2017

Here are the reasons I am going to vote yes on Proposition 1, which would impose a 0.1 percent sales tax increase to fund street, sidewalk and bike lane projects.

First, it is undisputed that the city needs added revenue to ensure we can maintain the quality of our streets into the future. It is not politicians’ BS, as some claim. In fact, the need wasn’t established by politicians, but rather by a citizens’ task force that studied the issue for over a year. That task force concluded the city needs to spend $900,000 per year at a minimum on street pavement preservation and repairs.

Second, the money generated by the increased sales tax can only be spent on transportation projects. The City Council cannot divert the money to anything else.

Third, the measure helps spread the burden of this cost beyond Mukilteo residents. Thousands of visitors use our streets every day. They should pay a share of the cost to maintain them.

Fourth, the cost is affordable. A 0.1 percent sales tax increase is estimated to cost less than $10 per year for the average person.

And fifth, the tax lasts 10 years. After that, Mukilteans would have to vote again to re-impose the tax.

Proposition 1 doesn’t solve our funding needs to maintain our roads and to build new sidewalks and bike paths. However, it’s a good start.

Please join me in voting “yes” on Proposition 1.

 

Glen Pickus
Mukilteo
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