We need efficiency with our tax dollars

It would appear that our local government and service agencies are not particularly adept at heeding their own recommendations to the citizenry.

In another example of “a hand full of gimme and a mouth full of much obliged,” we are again asked to do more – or at least the same – with a little less by the city of Kent and the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. They both request tax increases.

For those on limited incomes or less than adequate wages, these repeated increases can be more impactful than what local officials may realize.

The city says that expanding the police force is a safety issue. I like safety, and a data mailer states that aggravated assaults and crimes per officer are on the rise. Yet I see no provision in Prop A to expand community outreach, counseling or crime intervention programs. Simply throwing more cops at these problems does not address the root causes and is not a cost-effective answer.

The RFA needs to re-balance its finances.

Both of these entities need to do a much better job of using existing funds more efficiently. There is only so much blood to be squeezed from the turnip for many residents.

Try taxing every coal and oil train that passes through Kent. Allow legal marijuana businesses to open and contribute state tax-share money and B&O taxes. Find viable alternatives to “people” taxes.

Before you vote on April 24, ask yourself one question: Are my elected officials doing an expeditious job of spending the taxes we already provide? I say no.

– Perry Sobolik

More in Letters to the Editor

I-1631? Just another government money grab

I thought the Reporter did a decent job of breaking down the… Continue reading

Where are our leaders?

Our nation and the world cannot understand what is happening to the… Continue reading

Thanks to all who supported pursuit of restoration grant for historic building

Kent Downtown Partnership would like to thank everybody who voted for the… Continue reading

Trust in government

As of this writing, on Nov. 6, your City Council plans on… Continue reading

Support I-1631 for a healthier climate, brighter future

The article, “Report reveals inequities of climate change in Washington” on Oct.… Continue reading

Vote for less smoky days, yes on I-1631

Do you remember the smoke and haze from this summer? I sure… Continue reading

Fain supports the needs of our city, district

Sen. Joe Fain has been a champion for the city of Kent… Continue reading

I-1631 Opponents do not care about you or your family

In the Auburn Reporter, Don Brunell wrote a piece, “Carbon fee hurts… Continue reading

Fain has done so much for our community

Sen. Joe Fain has been and continues to be an active member… Continue reading

Hearing fallout: Democrats reveal their true agenda

Contrary to statements put forth by Rich Elfers in his opinion piece,… Continue reading

A costly initiative to consumers

You had better read I-1631 before voting. It is a never-ending tax,… Continue reading

Regional landfill: Building a waste-to-energy plant is a viable option

This is in response to the Sept. 7 Kent Reporter article, “King… Continue reading