Letter to the Editor: Water should not be taxed

Sunday, October 7, 2012

To the Editor:

Sometimes a message is confusing. Take Proposition 1 Shoreline…The SPU Aquisition.
The real question is what we value as citizens of our city.

Thirty years ago voters in this state decided it was not appropriate to tax food (too regressive!) as food is a basic need.  Water is also a basic need, a need to survive, and to tax it is a very regressive tax.

The real question that should be on the November 6th ballot: Do you approve of the City of Shoreline being in the business of providing and taxing water?

Mayor McGlashan stated at a City Council meeting, that to break the ballot issue into two questions might confuse the voters, and we might vote the wrong way.  We can elevate ourselves and our city to a higher level.

To care for the citizens of our city in a better way, we should support the purchase of our water system by a public utility like Shoreline Water District, which does not tax water. 

This was the direction the city was taking in 2006, and subsequently abandoned when a new City Manager was hired.  At that point, a decision was made to pursue the purchase of the water system by the City of Shoreline; the water system thus becomes a taxing vehicle for the city.

Whether our taxes go to Seattle or Shoreline is a false choice that does not improve the quality of life in our city. We need a public utility that delivers, tax free and at the lowest possible cost, that which we all require to survive: WATER.

Taxing something that is needed to survive is morally wrong. As a result, I cannot support Proposition 1. If we start down this path, the bus gets rolling and is very hard to stop.

Karen Easterly-Behrens


Sheila Long,  October 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM  

Look at your water bill. We're paying Seattle a 42% tax already! Why should our money go there? 6% of that is only for Shoreline residents.

Karen Easterly-Behrens,  October 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM  

Exactly Sheila!
I thank you for noting that. It supports my notion that we should have Water as a Public Utility...thus not taxed. Our money should not go to Seattle or Shoreline for water. It is a basic need we all need to survive.
Thank you again!

Anonymous,  October 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM  

I've got the solution - start digging that well in your back yard. While you are at it you should probably dig the hole for your outhouse - your other basic human need. Maybe you can ask Safeway to just start giving you the food you need too.

Sheila Long, Shoreline,  October 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM  

I fully understand the need for a tax. I would just prefer it went to Shoreline, where we live.
Remember, you don't get what you don't pay for!

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