Letters to the Editor

How about a tax return?

Hooray! Federal Way City Council members Mary Gates, Jeanne Burbidge, Dean McColgan, Mike Park and Eric Faison, all proponents of building a city hall in the downtown area at an astronomical cost of more than $24.5 million, had no choice but to go with the Paragon Building when that offer was made known to the public (April 6, “Deal made for new city hall”). At their price of $7.3 million, the city will realize millions of taxpayer dollars in savings.

The issue now is what the council majority will do with the several million taxpayer dollars left over from the $24.5 million they snuck into the budget for their planned folly in the core of our fair city. Burbidge has dubbed them “precious” tax dollars. Add to those millions revenue from the present building when vacated and from the Klahanee Senior Center when it is replaced. Both properties are paid for. Now to top that package off, add the extra 1 percent (total 6 percent) utility tax they imposed upon us to pay for their folly.

What should happen to all that extra money? I have a novel idea, council majority: Why not return the utility tax and entertainment tax to the citizens of Federal Way? Give us back this tax, which, because of your burning desire for a grandiose city hall in the city core, was imposed upon us at one of the worst times in American economic history. Help us out a little during this terrible economy.

Let’s not permit the council majority to call this a “windfall tax,” as former mayor Ron Gintz did when the council “gave” us Celebration Park against voters’ wishes. That windfall was, and is, forcefully blown out of our pockets each time we pay our utility bills.

Oh, and fellow citizens, let’s remember these events when several members of the council come up for re-election this year. It’s about time the council for Federal Way listens to the citizens of Federal Way. Presently there are only two members of the council who appear to have the best interests of the citizens in mind. It would be nice to give Linda Kochmar and Jack Dovey some help.

SHERYL NEVERS

Federal Way

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