LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘If passed, Prop 1 will damage the City of SeaTac…’
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Letter to the Editor, Seatac Blog,
Reading the list of politicians and organizations, from the ‘Yes for SeaTac’ website, who endorse Prop 1 for the City of SeaTac, I notice that most aren’t located in SeaTac.
As one of the Founders of the City of SeaTac, and a lifelong resident in the Highline area, I feel I must speak up. One of the reasons for incorporation was to have some influence on our own destiny in SeaTac.
I personally do not believe that the government should tell businesses how to manage their affairs. Prop 1 strips the rights of private enterprise to run their business the way they feel they should. The only involvement the City should have is to see that a business is legal and environmentally sound.
If passed, Prop 1 will damage the City of SeaTac to the point where new business will not locate in SeaTac. Some will leave SeaTac, and current establishments may be forced to cut employees and services, and/or layoff the very people this Proposition claims it will help.
Following are some of the reasons that will likely cause your taxes to go up and the stability of life here will be truly challenged:
- If Prop 1 passes, it calls for the City of SeaTac to monitor, administer and enforce terms of this proposition which will bring added costs to SeaTac taxpayers because the City will likely need to hire, and pay for, additional staff to handle the new policies for the 6,000 plus employees affected by Prop 1.
- If Prop 1 passes, the conditions in the City of SeaTac will not be encouraging to new business to come here, let alone for the ones that are here already to stay. Businesses will go to neighboring jurisdictions instead, taking their tax base, job opportunities and community involvement with them.
- If Prop 1 passes, it will severely cut into our ability to sustain the same level of service for roads, sidewalk, utilizes, human services and public safety.
- If Prop 1 passes, who know how far away from home the young and old will have to travel to find part time jobs close to home to sustain themselves.
Believe me, the ramifications of Prop 1 will be a negative influence to the stability of every single person and business in SeaTac. The negative side of Prop 1 would take a “ream of paper” to write about.
We don’t always have to agree on everything, but on this one, we need to stick together and vote NO. I’ve spent my whole life here and I will continue to be available any time you need me.
Terry Jarvis Anderson
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