Sound Transit and Olympia politicians have teamed up to access your property taxes to fund another Sound Transit project - a $50 billion price tag extended over 50-plus years. Your great-grandchildren will be paying down this debt. The property tax inclusion is on top of license tabs and sales taxes.
Property taxes are meant to pay public expenses of a local nature, such as schools, fire and public utilities. Opening your property tax wallet to Sound Transit will have other entities lining up to access your money for their purposes.
Sound Transit runs a fine bus company, but when you look at cost escalation with rail the price tag make no sense. By any measure the cost of the transit proposal is outrageous. One segment would cost $266 million per mile or $50,000 per foot.
It's time to tell Sound Transit no and no more.