On Tuesday the Rapid bus millage passed by a slim margin. Let's give the credit to our esteemed Mayor and City Commissioners for their ardent endorsement of this new tax on property owners for putting it over the top.
As I noted elsewhere, a bus rider picks up about 11 cents out of every dollar of the cost. The taxpayers pick up the rest. Instead of having the rider pay another 6 or 7 cents for additional runs (you know, to meet the overwhelming demand), the Rapid bureaucrats figured the taxpayers should cough up the cash instead. And our City officials gave a thumbs up to that.
Because Mayor George Heartwell (pictured above) and Commissioners Rosalyn Bliss, Walt Gutowski, Ruth Kelly, Elias Lumpkins, Dave Shaffer, and Jim White have decided that River City property owners need to write even bigger checks for the Rapid bus service, because everyone needs to have a bus available to him, I have a few questions for them:
(1) When was the last time you rode the Rapid? (Let's be generous, P.R. stunts iucluded.)
(2) How often do you ride the Rapid? (Hmm. Little tougher question.)
(3) Will you use the Rapid to commute to and from City Commission meetings? (After all, we are now paying for all that extra bus service to make it easier, right?)
We'll let you know what, if any, answers we get from these politicians who are so free and easy about spending our money on their pet projects. I suspect the response from them will be, "The bus is not for us." Hit the links on their names, and you can e-mail your questions, too.