Sound Transit’s ‘revisions’ just more smoke, mirrors

Sound Transit

‘Revisions’ just more smoke, mirrors

Just saw that Sound Transit “revised its estimated” cost per adult, for the additional taxes it seeks, if voters approve the ST3 plan this fall. Based on vehicle value, $80 a year per $10,000 value, and $25 a year per $100,000 home value, we as a couple will pay an additional $600 per year. That excludes the sales tax increase ST3 seeks. Our total additional tax would be near $800 per year. And based on assessed values, the taxes will only increase over the three decades of taxation. In today’s dollars, that is some $24,000 for us. Of course on top of all of the ever rising taxes we all pay.

Sound Transit just recently “revised” its estimate of when light rail will reach Everett, estimating it will arrive some six years earlier. Funny, these revised estimates are surfacing in sync with the upcoming election to pass ST3. Fool me once, as ST has proven; never twice. This multi-billion-dollar house of cards is nothing but a massive head-fake to the public. We will long have taken our dirt naps before any such mass transit makes it to Everett. Our struggling younger families do not need such a never-ending tax increase.

Maybe our purchased politicians should stop begging for rapid growth into the Puget Sound region. We have been maxed out for 15 years. Stop it. Instead, how about a moratorium on population growth on the ballot? Oops, forgot, no lobbing money there.

Rob Dietz


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