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Pierce Transit Boundary Changes Prompt Voter Calls

Pierce Transit's Proposition 1 is causing some confusion with the Pierce County election ballot.

Anxious voters are calling the Pierce County Auditor's Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots.

"Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten that Pierce Transit's boundary contracted earlier this year," said Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson. "Some people who voted on a Pierce Transit measure in 2011 are no longer eligible to vote on the matter in 2012."

In May, the communities of Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Orting, Sumner and large portions of unincorporated Pierce County were removed from the Pierce Transit taxing district/service area. As a result, there are 105,450 fewer voters in the Pierce Transit district this election. And that's generating a lot of phone calls to the Auditor's Office.

The boundary change occurred after a Public Transportation Improvement Conference (PTIC) as outlined by RCW 36.57A.020 approved the removal of the jurisdictions mention above. The PTIC membership was comprised of one elected official from each jurisdiction within Pierce County and the Pierce County Council. There were three public meetings and one public hearing by the PTIC from December 2011 to March 2012. The boundaries changes became official on May 8, 2012.

A map of the new Pierce Transit boundary can be found here.

Information provided by Pierce County

Reject Prop 1 October 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
What happened in Gig harbor was a travesty of democracy. Pierce Transit’s footprint remains almost exactly the same as before yet they cut most of the voters out leaving only the HWY 16 corridor, where the businesses are. Businesses can’t vote, so citizens are essentially left with taxation without representation. If Proposition 1 passes, everyone in Gig Harbor will have to pay the tax because the shopping centers are all within the district. They did the same thing at the end of meridian cutting out voters in South Hill, Spanaway and Graham. Of the 106 precincts that were cut out of the district, none of them voted to approve prop 1 in 2011. They wanted a more responsible Pierce Transit, what they got, was cut out of the process.
Reject Prop 1 October 23, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Why would Pierce Transit put proposition 1 back on the ballot just 20 months after it was defeated by 8.5%? They rigged the system between elections, that’s why. Those people were cut out of the process because Pierce Transit wants their money not their votes. People get very angry once they realize that the new district boundaries were drawn in such a way that they don’t get to vote on the measure, yet they still have to pay the tax. Pierce Transit very carefully drew the lines, cutting out voters but leaving in their shopping centers, Wal-Marts and auto dealers. The boundaries were drawn by Pierce Transit and geared towards winning this election and nothing else. They try to blame it on the PTIC but what they don’t tell you is that 5 of the 10 Pierce Transit Commissioners were also members of the conference, Commissioner Derek Young chaired the conference and the conference assistant was 2011 Save our Buses campaign manager Justin Leighton. It hardly looks independent when you peel the cover back.
Danielle Chavez October 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Does that mean our taxes will go down in those areas? Why should we be paying for an irrelevant service that does not function where we live?
PC Boy October 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
For Bonney Lake, I believe most of the bus service stopped in October of last year, and we just now got the reduction in sales tax. The only buses now run from the Park and Ride. I notice a lot of people walking down 410 to catch the bus, it's such a dangerous road with no sidewalks. People need to hang up their cell phones when they're on that road...
Dane Ferrell October 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM
If we want services, we have to pay taxes for them, don't like taxes? don't drive on the roads I pay for,when you go to support wall mart who buys all their crap from China taking our jobs with them.
Dane Ferrell October 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
If a bunch of anti tax,selfish people didnt vote it down last time,they would have cut the bus service to your area,if it passes this time maybe it will be reinstated.
Lynelle Harper January 15, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Maybe King 5 news or some other investigative source should look in to this. It feels like Pierce Transit is just running unchecked.

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