This past December the Public Transportation Improvement Conference (PTIC) convened to start the process of changing Pierce Transit’s boundary. The recent reduction in service to outlying areas was the catalyst for the conference as two small cities requested the conference be convened. The PTIC was comprised of one elected official from each city within Pierce County and met several times over the course of 5 months.
On March 8, 2012 the conference held a public hearing on a proposed boundary. After the hearing the conference voted unanimously to approve the new boundary for Pierce Transit. Five cities including Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Orting, and Sumner, as well as portions of unincorporated Pierce County chose to be removed from Pierce Transit’s boundary. The new boundary took effect on May 8, 2012.
Beginning October 1, 2012 Pierce transit will lose 7.5 Million dollars in Sales Tax revenue by not collecting in the areas that were removed from the Pierce Transit’s boundary. Pierce Transit’s Board of Commissioners are now in the process of how they will deal with the loss in revenue that is also compounded on by 10 straight months of sales tax collection decline, which Pierce Transit is 66% dependent on.
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Submitted by Justin Leighton, Pierce Transit