Rapid Response

December 7, 2010

By Contributor

King County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax to pay for criminal justice services, including police protection. What can the county do to better prioritize and pay for such services in the future?

Taxes should be distributed to critical services first and those services should not be interrupted. Threatening police, fire or education services is simply a strong-arming tactic, aimed at punishing the taxpayer (again), for not passing new taxes or levies. There isn’t a revenue problem; there is a spending problem.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

It’s at a point where choices have to be made between what King County “must do” and what it “should do.” Unfortunately, most of the “shoulds” will have to be cut or eliminated to sustain the “musts,” a sad state of affairs.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

The voters once again proved their inability to identify what is important. To help make ends meet, cuts in personnel will be required, especially cutting out the excess and redundant personnel in administrative positions. We need the men and women in uniform on the streets — fire, EMT and police.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Use tax money generated by liquor sales at state-owned stores to offset these losses.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

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