State reps to hear about transportation

September 18, 2013

By Contributed

Fifth Legislative District Representatives Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, and Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, will host an information transportation meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Issaquah Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah. Local transportation and Washington State Department of Transportation leaders will also attend.

The goal is to give citizens a chance to ask questions about a possible transportation tax package Governor Jay Inslee has said may be presented in November to legislative committees.

“We’re pleased to host this event so that constituents can ask questions, share their views and get more information on what kinds of projects are being considered should an agreement be reached on a new transportation tax package this fall or next session,” said Rodne in a statement, a member of the House Transportation Committee.

“We know there are many long-overdue road projects in our part of the state and elsewhere, but before we head back to the Legislature, we want to have a clear understanding of where 5th District taxpayers stand on new and higher gas and car taxes, particularly in this fragile economy.”

Both legislators believe a compromise could be reached if accountability and transparency measures for the WSDOT are passed in conjunction with a transportation tax package.

“Taxpayers recognize value when they see projects moving ahead in a timely manner and within budget. However, some of the recent costly errors with the 520 Bridge project and others around the state have eroded public confidence,” said Magendanz in a statement.

“If we want to ask Washingtonians for more of their paychecks in the form of gas taxes and vehicle and weight fees, we must ensure them every dollar is being spent efficiently and effectively to move cars, freight and aid in job creation. I am looking forward to hearing what the experts say and listening to the many questions I know constituents have on this topic.”

Rodne commented that since the last redistricting, there are a number of new district residents he looks forward to meeting.

Two other town hall events will be hosted by the two men. One will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie and the other at 2 p.m. at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend.

 

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