Letters to the Editor

Tax-and-spend 'mission' is unacceptable

On Nov. 5, the public was invited to speak in support of or objection to proposed city tax increases and budget expenditures.

As each of us spoke with views opposing the majority of City Council members, three men in the front row, directly behind the podium, openly laughed, sneered and made comments. Leading this trio was our former mayor, Ron Gintz. (His rudeness was embarrassing.) He then rose to the podium to say that the speakers were not visionaries and were naysayers who didn’t want to pay their share of taxes.

It’s easy for Gintz and his buddies to be visionaries with someone else’s money. But there are those of us on fixed incomes who simply cannot afford their grandiose visionary spending.

The fact is, most of us do support a new police facility, keeping the Kenneth Jones Pool open and even a community center. What we object to is frivolous spending, such as a new city hall at the cost of $25 million, supported by an increase in the “temporary” utility tax.

Several members of the council want “spiffy” (a Mary Gates word) new offices on prime property to be purchased in the core of the city. Those of us with our feet firmly grounded until the economy improves (and it will) believe that their vision is premature and surely grandiose for these times and this city, which presently has a number of empty buildings and storefronts. The feasible and economical alternative suggested by Councilwoman Linda Kochmar is the answer: remain in the present location, which is already paid for.

The mayor, Jeanne Burbidge, has stated more than once that the city has no financial problems. Guess what, citizens of Federal Way? That’s because the city keeps taking money from the people who can afford to give no more. We are taxed to the max in this economy. Did you know that the city wants to tax us now for expenditures in 2005?

Please, citizens of Federal Way, stand up and be heard now before it’s too late. This council is on a mission, and it’s not necessarily in your best interests.

Sheryl Nevers

Federal Way

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