Proposition 1, Yet Another C-Tran Tax Increase: Yes or No?

by lewwaters

For those who did not see this final portion of last nights candidate forum

C-Tran, Steve Stuart, Tim Leavitt have lied to us, denied us a promised vote, and have shown they do not care what you and I think, struggle through or how inefficiently they operate C-Tran, we’re just endless deep pockets to those who squander what we send them.

They have Millions in reserve, scheduled some $500,000 for a new administrator for more studies, spend a few thousand more to travel to a convention looking over the latest in electric trains and seeking new creative ways to dig deeper into our pockets, all before we are granted the ‘privilege’ of voting on how they plan to waste even more of our hard earned monies.

They announce staff reductions, but their own pamphlets indicate union employees still receive wage increases, while many in Clark County wonder what will happen when unemployment benefits run out and no job prospects exist.

They have engaged in fearmongering, threatening to reduce the most needed portion of the service while allowing routes that have few riders to remain untouched.

3 past votes indicating taxpayers do not want Portland’s light rail are ignored while a small band of ruling class elites say it is coming anyway and you will pay for it no matter what. The Democratic process has been tossed into the trash can by this ruling class monarchy who has decided their ideas are all that matters and you and I should just shut up and accept that we are peons to do their bidding.

C-Tran doesn’t really need more tax dollars to continue this inefficient service. They need to reorganize and begin actually managing, not just expecting more and more that many of us do not have. They need to be reminded that they, along with Leavitt, Stuart and other council members comprising the C-Tran Board, work for us, we are not their underlings.

Proposition 1 must be defeated if we are to begin restoring any notion of a democratic process in Clark Process. Vote NO on Proposition 1 and any measure even remotely related to C-Tran until they begin to get the message that we are not living here just to do their bidding.

Enough is enough with the monarchy putting their demands on us, the struggling taxpayers enduring over two years of double digit unemployment.

Vote NO on Proposition 1.
See also C-TranTax.com

11 Comments to “Proposition 1, Yet Another C-Tran Tax Increase: Yes or No?”

  1. Don’t get me started… The Columbian has done a pretty good job of misleading voters on this proposition. They keep saying that this measure has nothing to do with light rail because all the funds raised by Prop 1 go to C-Tran. That is true, but very deceptive. It is very clear that if this measure succeeds, light rail gets a big shot in the arm as the FTA is looking for a healthy public transit system as a starting place when discussing whether or not federal dollars for a light rail project weill be allocated. Don’t get me started… The Columbian has done a pretty good job of misleading voters on this proposition. They keep saying that this measure has nothing to do with light rail because all the funds raised by Prop 1 go to C-Tran. That is true, but very deceptive. It is very clear that if this measure succeeds, light rail gets a big shot in the arm as the FTA is looking for a healthy public transit system as a starting place when discussing whether or not federal dollars for a light rail project will be allocated. Conversely, if Prop 1 fails, that could very well be the death toll for light rail funding.

    I wrote a letter to the editor about this, but it didn’t get published. Maybe they’ll print it this weekend but I’m not holding my breath. I also sent a letter to Brancaccio, Laird, Campbell etc. pointing out that 2 of their own staff writers (Andrea Damewood and Eric Florip) mentioned that in two different articles. Naturally they’ve given me the silent treatment.

    I’m very disappointed in The Columbian. I expected better of them.

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  2. Sorry for double-posting part of that. Some weird stuff with my browser. Probably because I’m running a 64 bit version.

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  3. I don’t expect better of The Columbian Craig, because they haven’t changed in 40 years. They’re still the same little dillweed rag that they’ve always been.

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  4. Anybody hear on the news that TriMet has a $10,500,000.00 shortfall on their Bridge Project over the Willamette? Oh, they’ll get the bridge built, but they won’t be able to finish the project on their transit project. Notice how the Columbian hasn’t said anything about that. This does affect us because it is the same transit company trying to sink their claws into Vancouver. Why am I mentioning that when this article is about Proposition 1? Well my friends, remember when Tri-Met had the articulated buses…their bus rapid transit improvement??? And where did those buses end and what was constructed??? Ah yes, light rail and all the issues that accompany the costs and (in)efficiency! And what type of buses are planned for C-Tran’s Fourth Plain Transit Corridor???

    Do we need another Tri-Met here?

    C-Tran, get off your high horse and realize your budget surplus is to be utilized for difficult times. If we aren’t living in difficult times now…then what in the heck do you think difficult times are???

    I’ve already made my decision on Proposition 1 and C-Tran won’t like my decision. I have a feeling this proposition will send a HUGE message to C-Tran as well as the folks with CRC and TriMet. And yes, I am an occasional passenger on C-Tran’s buses. I’m not willing to fork out any more tax dollars till they get their act together.

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  5. What really bothers me about this is that if all the Occupy Vancouver types vote to approve this mess it could easily pass if turnout is low.

    Voting to raise the sales tax and actually paying it are two different matters, Passage of this measure only gives C-Tran the smokescreen they need to do whatever they want with Bus Loot Rail along Fourth Plain in order to create a feeder for Columbia Crossing Project Loot Rail down the road.

    Between the picketing idiots who vote but do not pay sales tax and the usual collection of apathetic voters who cannot be bothered to vote a ballot that is mailed directly to them, I fear for the worst on this one…

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  6. I have a question. Is that reported number floating around the NOs on Ballot #1 about C-tran, the capital reserves for buses? And can that money ONLY be used for capital expenditure, NOT shifted to operations?

    Meaning they have $40 or so million or whatever the tens of millions of dollars the number is. Is it set aside in a capital reserve or matching program from the Federal government that basically means they can ONLY use it for buying new equipment?? They cannot move that money into other operations..

    If that is true, what Debbie was saying was not fully factual on the subject. If that money is in a capital reserve program, it can only be spent on the item its reserved for. And the ballot measure #1 is for general operations??

    Just want a clearing of this question I am thinking about today.

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  7. That is what this two cents of very ten dollars is about, preserving service. If indeed later measures are put to the vote that would lead toward light rail and or a bridge, we can vote those down. But just for today, I will vote for prop 1.

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  8. Sorry Witzy, but this has nothing to do with maintaining service. C-Tran has ample resources for that currently and should be reorganized and better managed before they dig deeper into our pockets.

    Light rail operation and maintenance was originally part of this vote and was separated last year with a promise of two votes this year. Leavitt and crew managed to not let us vote on that this year, with more empty promises of maybe in 2013, well after construction is scheduled to start.

    Vote yes if you wish, but you’re letting them manipulate you and keep taking your money so they can continue to increase wages for union members and run empty buses throughout the county.

    For several reason, I’m voting no. One main reason is to end the ruling class monarchy ignoring taxpayers and citizens voices and telling us what we will do.

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  9. Lew & The Gang, I know David has a bad problem right now but I saw a really NICE article over at his site with status, figures, charts about C-tran and proposition #1:

    http://couv.com/featured/prop-1

    Take a look and please report back what you think?

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  10. I meant statistics, chats and a lot of data. Just wanted to make that clarification…

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  11. My family and I just voted against the tax increase. Hopefully a lot of other people will vote against it as well.

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