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Pierce Transit Board Puts Forward Ballot Measure
June 11th, 2012Lakewood, WA – The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners on Monday evening passed a resolution to put forward a ballot proposition for the November 6, 2012 election to exercise the final 0.3% sales tax authority available to Pierce Transit.
At a May 11, 2012 work session, the Board discussed the financial impacts of 10 months of continuing declines in sales tax revenue and the removal of jurisdictions from the Pierce Transit boundary. They carefully reviewed agency financial projections and scenarios that ranged from staying at the current 0.6% sales tax authority to putting forward a ballot measure that could utilize the 0.1%, 0.2%, or 0.3% capacity that remains. They also discussed timing options for potential ballot and the merits of including a sunset clause.
The Board determined that to restore access to essential services for seniors, the disabled, and people who rely on Pierce Transit requires asking voters to approve a ballot proposal to utilize the remaining 0.3% (three cents on a $10 purchase) authority.
Pierce Transit has made significant cuts in service since 2008 to mitigate the impacts of the recession. Nearly $111 million dollars has been cut or saved including 43% cut in bus service, elimination of special events service, sale of land and assets, and a 19% cut in staffing- including 31% in management. Pierce Transit moved to a high ridership and efficiency service plan in 2011 during the most recent cut to service to focus on moving the most people with the limited resources available.