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June 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Eyman fights Highway 520 tolls with Initiative 1125

Posted by Letters editor

Anti-tax initiatives hamstring state

Here we go again with Tim Eyman and his tax crusade [“Highway 520 impact statement complete,” NWFriday, June 10]. Again he wants to limit tolling on highways and have the Legislature vote to increase tolls.

Kemper Freeman even contributed $500,000 to the battle. I do not know how much Freeman paid his attorneys to fight the light rail on Interstate 90 or how much has been spent to change the light-rail route in Bellevue, but I would wager the cost exceeds $500,000. So there is a million dollars going toward a new 520 bridge from one person.

If Freeman does not want light rail on I-90 then what about 520? The billions would help. As for Tim Eyman, grow up and pay your fair share. If we cannot raise other taxes to support infrastructure then we have to go to a user-based fee system. I do not agree with variable tolls. We need to toll both bridges and stop tolling when the project (the 520 bridge) is paid for.

I wish someone would write an initiative like that and not one that hamstrings our state.

— Jeff Keller, North Bend

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