Letters to the Editor

Wrong time for more taxes

Would like to comment on “Tax hikes to fund pool, city hall, more police” (Nov. 6, front page):

The utility tax was not passed to be a cookie jar for the City Council to use as their personal funds and private agendas.

To state (Councilman Eric Faison) that additional taxes won’t be a hardship is baloney! In my job, I have had to listen to some of our needier Federal Way citizens crying because they did not have money for food, rent, etc. They need more taxes?

Assistant city manager Derek Matheson’s comment that the 1 percent increase will generate more money than necessary and will be “squirreled” away sounds an awful lot like a slush fund and just might be illegal.

Stating that the city will not have to cut services (Deputy Mayor Dean McColgan) and will be adding in almost every area is a good time to plan for the future is fine. To say that it is now necessary to raise or implement numerous taxes is ridiculous.

The council/staff is once again out of touch with the real world. The citizens should start calling/e-mailing the truth to these people about reality. Voters should encourage fiscally responsible people to run for the council in the next few elections to get these overaged children off the council.

Lawrence J. Wilson

Federal Way

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