Questions arise over potential mass transit referendum

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  • Bill Smythe

    Very good reporting though I question your suggestion that referendums for schools can be used as a reliable metric for mass transit. They serve two totally separate constituencies and I doubt if more than a handful of parents think we don’t need “better” schools ( regardless of how you define that) but as you correctly noted – mass transit has no proven track record of success and serves a very limited % of the taxed population.
    I agree the township boards will allow it to be on the ballot and even given the volatility of the POTUS election the county remains heavily republican and if there is a huge turnout ( certainly the primary suggests that to be the case) then I doubt people will vote themselves a tax increase to underwrite something they never plan to use.

  • RKW50

    It would help if the “press” would state the simple facts. 98% of the taxpayers will be paying for 2% of the population’s transportation. Plus, as has been stated before, it didn’t work before, no reason to think it will work this time. Now, if they would stop with all the road construction and expansion, and spend the money on REAL urban transit/light rail, that might be something we could get behind. How about a rail line in the median of 69, instead of more lanes! Frankly, I think if these businesses need more employees at minimum wage, they should either pay for the transportation themselves, or simply not build businesses up north! Didn’t you think about this before you built your fast food restaurant? Have you all noticed, our administrations up here are starting to nickel and dime us on taxes and fees? Every couple of months, it seems like a few new dollars here, and a few new dollars there. And who is benefitting? BTW, how is that drainage issue in the Johnson addition going? So far it doesn’t seem like our tax dollars and “fees” have solved that issue over the last 10 years. We do have some nice statues though 🙂