As promised in my Letter to the Editor on May 18, I have set a date and location for a Federal Way Taxpayer Round Table Meeting. The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. July 17 at the Woodmont Public Library, 26809 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines. I will provide water, coffee and cookies. Please RSVP as seating is limited. You can reach me via email at RGFlygare@gmail.com or voicemail at 253-214-2999.
A quick reply to the author of the May 25 Letter to the Editor regarding the PAEC. I don’t disagree with you that the PAEC is a great attribute to the city of Federal Way; as I wrote earlier, I was an early supporter when it was to be “voted” on as I knew tax money would be needed to ensure its viability.
What is troubling is the PAEC draining tax dollars that are needed for other financial obligations that are needed: i.e., hiring police officers, maintaining parks, paying salaries of city employees and other critical services that we depend on the city to provide.
If fair and equal taxes, such as property taxes, were shared with our residential homeowners by the developers who are plopping down apartment complexes like Easter eggs around Federal Way, perhaps we wouldn’t be seeing issues like increased utility taxes.
The purpose of this meeting is simply to ascertain if there are any options available to the people that live in the boundaries of Federal Way other than to simply knee-jerk a tax hike.
Someone wrote to me asking if “ordinary” people would be invited, to which I replied, “It’s my belief that ordinary people most often bring extraordinary solutions to the table.”
Roger Flygare, Federal Way