Re: "Roads need repair, and mayor has plan" (TNT, 2-26).
Tacoma roads’ decades of disrepair demonstrate the perpetual unwillingness of political leadership to prioritize basic responsibilities. Now they want to penalize us with the “opportunity” to give them more money.
As daily bike commuter, I see waste regularly. There was a bike-the-waterfront day in which several Tacoma police officers were paid to regulate traffic, freebies were given away, paid city staff were on hand, etc. How many unfilled potholes did that cost?
New bike lanes have freshly painted arrows pointing into the pothole that ate Cincinnati. A car hit me while I was travelling in a bike lane, so I know they don’t work. The biggest city-controllable safety issue for bikes is the killer-potholes. Stop it with the bike lanes.
How many other millions are wasted that could have filled potholes? Is Tacoma lightly taxed compared to other jurisdictions that manage to fill their potholes?
Nearly identical tax increases have been wisely rejected by the voters. City leadership has petulantly punished us for our unwillingness to fund their never-ending appetite by refusing to prioritize the filling potholes.
Until we see a decade in which basic services are prioritized, voters should not give them a fresh half billion dollars to waste.