Vote NO on ST3 | GUEST COMMENTARY

Vic Bishop shares why ST3 proposal aims to “satisfy politicians” and won’t relieve traffic in Renton.

  • Monday, October 31, 2016 12:51pm
  • Opinion

By Vic Bishop

Guest Commentator

The proposed Regional Proposition 1 (ST3) is a $54 Billion tax-and-spend proposal that would have a long lasting and huge negative impact on the finances of the city of Renton and our region.

ST3 is way out of the realm of reasonableness. It buys trains for Seattle at 10 times the cost of the second Panama Canal. For perspective, I have compared the city of Renton’s current annual budget for transportation to the pro-rated share of East King Subarea’s $9.8 billion that would be paid annually by residents, including those in Renton.

The city of Renton has a robust system for identifying transportation needs in the city. The current budget has about $18 million of transportation programs and projects per year. Most of that is for capital expenditures for street improvements on the roadways, sidewalks, bike lanes and transit ways.

Sound Transit’s ST3 proposal is a train project to satisfy politicians. It will do nothing to relieve traffic in Renton or anywhere in East King Co.

The Sound Transit district is divided into five sub-areas, with Renton in the East King Subarea which is projected to generate $9.8 Billion in 25 years. There are 16 cities within the East King subarea with a total population of 585,000. Based on population, Renton will generate about $68 Million per year from the city’s residents and businesses toward ST3’s gigantic tax.

Traffic congestion is an item often mentioned as a problem in discussions of city issues. Renton residents are stuck in traffic, and they know it.

Thus, traffic congestion is a top issue in Renton and Sound Transit asks you to tax yourselves a huge amount to help Seattle pay for their second train tunnel plus light rail extensions to Everett, Tacoma and Issaquah.

In their 2014 “Transportation 2040” update, PSRC calculates a projected 0.4 percent of the regions’ daily person trips will take light rail in 2040.

ST3 is a bad deal for Renton and all of East King County.

Go to www.nost3.org for more information and the tax calculator to estimate your household taxes.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Opinion

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Republican’s write-in campaign highlights post-primary intrigue | Roegner

Can former Bothell mayor beat two Democrats for lieutenant governor post?

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Race relations and your local police department | Roegner

The jury is our citizens, and they are divided.

Rico Thomas, left, has been a clerk in the Fuel Center/Mini Mart at Safeway in Federal Way for the past 5 years. Kyong Barry, right, has been with Albertsons for 18 years and is a front end supervisor in Auburn. Both are active members of UFCW 21. Courtesy photos
Grocery store workers deserve respect and hazard pay | Guest column

As grocery store workers in King County, we experience the hard, cold… Continue reading

Courtesy photo
Editorial: Make certain you count in 2020 census

The Census Bureau has been told to cut its work short, making your response even more important.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
The police department of the future | Roegner

Based on comments from elected officials and police, the Black Lives Matter… Continue reading

Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington

Wearing a mask saves lives and saves jobs. And all across the… Continue reading

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Editorial: Reopen schools in fall, but do it safely

Don’t bully schools into reopening. Protect our students.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Points of contention on police inquests in King County

Inquests frequently unfold against a backdrop of sadness and drama: Family members’… Continue reading

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Editorial: Stopping COVID is now up to each of us

With a resurgence threatening, we need to take greater responsibility to keep the virus in check.

Armondo Pavone is the Mayor of Renton.
Renton needs a defined timetable for homeless shelter | Guest editorial

By Armondo Pavone and Ruth Pérez, Special to the Renton Reporter The… Continue reading

Doreen Davis, left in mask, waves at parade participants on May 2. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Wear your face-hugging, ever-loving mask | Editorial

“Don’t make me come down there.” — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo,… Continue reading

Valley police chiefs of King County release unified message in response to death of George Floyd

Police chiefs of Des Moines, Tukwila, Renton, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Algona, Pacific, Black Diamond and the Port of Seattle pledge to stand with communities.