Put a team of advocates for each proposal in a sealed room, armed with baseball bats, and let them fight it out. With a panel of taxpayers as referees.
We’re talking about the free-thinkers/free-spenders on public transportation who want to put rail lines and express buses into operation versus those who want to continue pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into interstate caliber freeways. Maybe we should also include all who want to levy a commuter tax on those who will use either of the competing systems.
The whole question arises from the front page story in the IBJ which hit the mail box today. Gridlock, we’re told, - current or potential - demands the expenditure of another $250 million to turn State Road 37 into another Keystone Parkway, with as many as ten bi-level roundabout interchanges.
Are any of these people talking to each other? Is there any communication between the numerous and varied government agencies? Is there some kind of tacit agreement that the paving over of thousands more acres will still provide space for rail lines?
What is the future economic relationship between public transportation and more and more miles of pavement specifically designed to make automobile usage easier and more feasible?
There are currently complaints about property tax loads. Do the people so noisily shouting for the necessity of these boondoggles have any thought at all about how much additional real property will be completely eliminated from the tax base? (In addition to the abusive use of TIF districts!)
Do they understand enough about the system to know that shrinking the base will in fact raise the tax rate for the remaining unfortunate slobs? We know - there’s a property tax cap. Some more of the official B.S. (Biased Sludge).
A percentage of a movable figure is not a cap in the true sense of the word. And anyone who thinks those same officials will not play games with assessment figures must have been in his/her backyard recently looking for gifts from the Easter Bunny!
Who’ll join us in chipping in for the baseball bats?