Township officials expected to decide mass transit referendum ballot proposal on June 28 

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  • Sounds like another great idea. Tax the citizens to benefit business? I don’t so much mind paying a reasonable tax to a reasonable government. Unreasonable taxes for poor governance is the new ‘normal’.

    Where I draw the line is the paying of taxes to benefit business. Commissioner Altman and OneZone President Merhoff are leaders in the welfare for business business. Why do the businesses not pay the lion’s share of the freight on this?

    If it costs every homeowner “only” $18/mo then since nearly 100% of all homes have at least 1 person employed outside the home why not have businesses pay a transit tax at an average rate of $18 for each employee they have. Would that not encourage the business to promote the use of transit by their employees?

    It could be graduated based on the company’s size and average salary. Those who make the most pay the most. Instead of showers and parking for $1000+ bikes lets promote a combination of business supported transit combining people on bikes of any value that work in our area businesses.

    Maybe then people will actually get ON the bus.

  • Eric Morris

    Here is what I just sent to the Board members, whose email addresses can be found here:

    Dear Board Members:

    I encourage you vote to vote against placing this tax increase referendum on the ballot. If this form of government-subsidized mass transit is supposed to provide efficiencies or improvements to the current government-owned road system, I would encourage you to use existing tax dollars to fund this type of system since ostensibly there would be a concomitant reduction in spending for the roads because of those improvements. Otherwise, this is just a tax increase which often times becomes an unaccountable slush fund for favored interests rather than improving the entire government transit system.

    The density is probably not enough to support this type of system; many of us live in Clay Township to avoid high tax and low service Marion County. Many transit systems either began as private (with the government taking over when it benefited government power brokers or their crony friends) or have since become private. I am not arguing for private but am pointing these out for your consideration.

    NY’s subways were originally private but required to maintain a nickel fare, despite inflation induced by WWI and the Federal Reserve. These private owners eventually asked to be bailed out by the city.

    I plan to speak at the meeting on June 28 as well. Thank you.


    Eric S. Morris