Where they disagreed mainly on a proposed statewide increase in the minimum wage and a $54 billion Sound Transit 3 levy, both on the November ballot they took entirely different approaches. “I’m a vehement opponent of ST3,” said Rodne. “This is the largest municipal tax increase in the history of the United States The average homeowner in the Sound Transit taxing district, their property taxes will go up $1,000 a year, and that’s not even including the sales tax and all of the other use fees and by ST3’s projection it will only increase ridership 1 percent in 25 years. “This needs to be put down in November by the voters and never surface again, because it is a horrible idea.” He added that the system would be obsolete before it’s built and “it’s 19th century technology to deal with the 21st century problem of congestion, which makes no sense.” Instead, he said he supported bus rapid transit, which he said would be adaptable to changes in demographics and housing patterns. “Bus rapid transit is the way to go.” Ritchie said he, like Rodne, wanted to see more park-and-rides in the area, to get people out of their cars and onto buses or yes, light rail. “If you give people transportation options, businesses would reimburse them for using those transportation options… If you have transportation options businesses tend to invest in those transportation options to get folks out of their cars. “I support ST3 because it provides an alternative. http://rockscarlettreynolds.prosportsmall.com/2016/10/05/further-consideration-of-necessary-details-of-selection-interview/Do I like the price tag? No, that’s part of the negotiation.
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