Effective government

Tax on bikes

I feel that since we're all suppose to do our fair share, and we are to share the road with bikes, how about what's good for the goose is good for the gander?..... How much has been spent on new bike lanes?. If boaters have to pay a "road" tax, (I do not have a boat) then the bikes need to as well.

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Public safety

More red light cameras

I suggest you implement red light cameras at most red lights in the city. This would raise millions in needed revenue and discourage dangerous lawbreaking.

 

But please, find a more local contractor that is not based in Arizona.

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Human services

Eliminate the Ride Free Bus Zone Downtown.

This is not a benefit for tourists or business in downtown Seattle. This causes overcrowded buses with people getting on and off riding only one stop. It makes the buses less safe with people that want to cause trouble and not pay.

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Effective government

A Radical Change - City Light

Posted on http://soundpolitics.com/archives/011193.html July 29, 2008 Sell City Light - Endow Parks A consortium has offered to buy Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for $7.4 billion. Determining a price for PSE involved looking at assets and liabilities, ROI (return on investment), cash flow, future sales and profitability among other factors. A similar process would be involved in establishing a sales price for Seattle City ...more »

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Public safety

Reduce the police force by 50%, like other major cities

Other major cities are reducing their police forces. We have the lowest crime rate in history. Chronic criminal activity like drug dealing and burglary are better treated through social services. Requiring higher educational requirement for officers would also mean fewer officer are needed. And officer should never be allowed to work overtime except for the city.

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Transportation

Registration fee for bike commuters

Implement a bike registration fee for bike commuters. We are spending money to create special lanes (road diets, etc.) Why not have everyone pay to use, not just motor vehicle drivers.

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Transportation

Tax on commuters to postsecondary schools

Charge postsecondary schools, including the University of Washington, the community colleges, etc., an annual fee for every faculty member, staff member, and student who gets to work or to school by noncarpooled car. The schools can mostly document this by the number of parking permits they sell. This will reduce traffic dramatically (and thus wear and tear on the infrastructure) and increase ridership and thus revenue ...more »

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Transportation

Expand parking meter days/hours

I suggest you extend parking meter days to include Sunday (coordinated with improved Metro service, of course) and consider extending the parking meter day from 9 am - 6 pm to 8 am - 7 pm.

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Economic development

Text messaging tax

Add a city tax on text messaging. That will help reduce dangerous texting while driving (yes, it's illegal but that doesn't stop people who text a lot).

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Community centers

Move Community Centers into Private Charitable Orgs

Transition Community Centers to private 501(c)3 organizations - both operation and actual facility ownership. Can still be rented back for "city activities", but gets them off the City budget. Those that are wanted, will raise the $$ to survive....those that won't...will fade away and their users will drift to surviving centers.

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Transportation

Buses

Delete half of the bus stops...overnight without spending any money you will realize fuel cost savings, help clean up the environment, make a healthier population, and the buses will run more quickly on the routes.

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Transportation

Make Seattle "Car-Free By 2020"

Pledge to make Seattle "Car-Free By 2020". Seattle will become the safest, healthiest, and greenest city in the world. The economy will boom due to tourism, incredible freight mobility, and the thousands of dollars per person that will free up every year instead of paying oil and car companies. Hundreds of millions of dollars of tax money will be saved every year by not spending on car-only infrastructure. Transit, ...more »

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Economic development

$25 Head Tax

I suggest you implement a $25 "head tax" on local employees who commute alone by car. Employees who commute by bus, light rail, commuter rail, streetcar, water taxi, bicycle, walking, carpool, or vanpool would be exempt. This would raise over $4.5 million per year, closing almost 10% of the 2011-2012 budget gap. It would be a sustainable revenue source, allowing the city to implement human services, road maintenance, ...more »

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