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Letter: Levy lid is not the problem

By Bob Link, Vancouver
Published: May 25, 2024, 6:00am

A recent editorial suggested the levy lid is reducing our quality of life (“Address Washington’s property tax limitation,” In Our View, April 30). If there’s a reduction it may not be the fault of the lid but rather the choices of those who decide where to spend our tax dollars.

As an example, the city of Vancouver has developed a bizarre theory that converting four-lane thoroughfares into two-lane roads is good for us. Hence, they are spending millions of dollars on white posts, gray lumps, green paint and consultants. No telling what other odd expenditures are buried in the budget.

If they got more of our tax dollars, who knows what they would think of next? The editorial mentions the duties of government. It does not address funds spent on whims. An economist once opined that “expenses grow to equal available funds.” If the city reaped more taxes, they’d find lots of ways to spend them.

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