Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Auditor reminds voters of changes to transit district

Many anxious voters have been calling the Pierce County Auditor’s Office because Pierce Transit Proposition 1 does not appear on their ballots. “Some voters think they have been issued the wrong ballot, but they have forgotten that Pierce Transit’s boundary changed substantially earlier this year,” said Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson. “Some people who voted on a Pierce Transit measure in 2011 are no longer eligible to vote on the matter in 2012.”

In May, the cities of Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Orting, Sumner and large portions of unincorporated Pierce County were removed from the Pierce Transit taxing district/service area. As a result, there are 105,450 fewer voters in the Pierce Transit district this election. And that is generating a lot of phone calls to the Anderson’s office. The boundary change occurred after a Public Transportation Improvement Conference approved the removal of the jurisdictions mention above. The conference membership was comprised of one elected official from each jurisdiction within Pierce County and Pierce County Council. There were three public meetings and one public hearing by the conference from December 2011 to March 2012. The boundary changes became official on May 8, 2012.