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Modest tax

October 23, 2008

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To the editor:

We are voting on the T when tax abatement for the Mount Oread hotel project eluded referendum. The public service mass transit system lacks the same influence with this City Commission as the big hotel owners. Interesting how developers find ways to exclude themselves from paying taxes. Patriots understand that, with representation, taxation is useful for funding public services. Few can afford the big hotel, but everyone can ride the bus. The irony is that, because of "growth," uncollected taxes are a reason for underfunding the transportation needs of our growing city.

Buses, inside and out, allow for a good view. Look inside other vehicles and you will see many with only a driver. That is a lot of "empty" space. Sometimes that lone person is talking on a cell phone. Message to those associating travel and communication: You can sit on a bus, talk and ignore traffic without (please, excuse me) ramifications. We will need a T when cell-phone drivers become safety conscious.

Don't despise our transportation system because the current city commissioners mismanaged the budget and now require a vote. Assume approval of the modest taxes supporting our nascent system. Get accustomed to the idea of the T with an eye toward improvements. Learn about and support the T by riding the bus. For "tax cut" whiners, get your money's worth and ride the bus.

Brad Wertz,
Lawrence

Comments

notajayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says: "seems to me hawk, you and those like are the ones voting via emotions."The anti-mT posters cite dollars and cents. Whiners like boohoozo say things like "your real goal is to punish all those people that you hate in your little imagined world." Yeah, B.O., it's hawk and "those like" him that are voting with emotions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Voting No will disband the current mT service and force a new one to be designed and sold to us once again."Only problem, bowhunter, is that doing so would very likely mean that it could be several years before public transit is reestablished. But since your real goal is to punish all those people that you hate in your little imagined world, that'd be just peachy by you, right?

Trobs 6 years, 6 months ago

If the sales tax is voted down, will Bozo change his name to "Just_another_bozo_walking"?

Ragingbear 6 years, 6 months ago

Vote to recall the entire City Commission!

anneht 6 years, 6 months ago

If the sales tax vote fails, will Bus 62 be eleminated?

craigers 6 years, 6 months ago

I definitely don't want the T to be completely gone. However, is there a way to demand or enforce accountability after the sales tax is approved? Some sort of oversight committee or something would be nice. And not a paid oversight committee, but volunteers who love the T so much. If supporters want the T to stay alive so bad, let's see a volunteer committee formed to make sure the funds are used appropriately and we don't see multiple empTy buses driving around town all the time.

Trobs 6 years, 6 months ago

We run two bus systems in this town. Why? I know there are talks of merging them but are held up by the student senate at KU? Really? Progress in this town is held up by students?Vote No on the T taxes. Make the city work with KU and run ONE bus system.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

There is such a committee, and it's called PTAC, craigers. They've been trying to implement changes for years, but they've been hampered by inadequate funding. If the tax proposal passes, for the first time since its inception, public transit will have something approaching adequate funding. Combined with a merger with the KU system, or at least a very cooperative operating arrangement, very real improvements to the system will finally be possible.

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