[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]
New Council Wins a Victory Before Being Sworn In:
The newly elected majority on the SeaTac City Council scored a victory before even being sworn in. Last night was the outgoing council’s final scheduled meeting and they had a surprise in store for everyone. As their final act, before the self-congratulatory final bows of the defeated mayor and council members, Mia Gregerson, Tony Anderson, Kathryn Campbell, Dave Bush and Barry Ladenburg, the same people who passed the regressive Utility Tax, repealed it.
So why did they repeal their own tax and why did it take them so long? In this case the cynical answer is the correct answer. It was all about politics. The incoming council members campaigned on repealing the Utility Tax. Ms. Gregerson and her cohorts wanted to deny the incoming council that victory and at the same time leave the new council with a mess to clean up. The mess? The spending level of the city rose when the Utility Tax was passed. Now, with their foot out the door they repealed the tax but did not lower city spending. They left those tough choices for the newly elected council.
Two of the council members who voted for the utility tax, and then again for the repeal, will remain on the council next year – Tony Anderson and Kathryn Campbell. I look forward to seeing what ideas they have come up with in balancing our budget. Sadly, my expectations are not very high. At that same final meeting each of them voted themselves $2845 of taxpayer money for upcoming trips to Washington D.C.. Obviously they are not too concerned about the budget.
Michael J. Siefkes
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