Once again, the local transportation authority is trying to raise taxes for bus service in Kalamazoo County.
Major Kalamazoo-area bus routes could be eliminated as townships balk on millage request
Previous attempts to establish a countywide authority were shot down by taxpayers, with rural townships voting heavily against the system. So the county commission authorized a district that excludes many of the more rural parts of the county. The new district more closely matches the areas serviced by buses, but still includes some rural and suburban areas that wouldn't benefit from the service. They would still have the pay, though.
This latest scheme has run into trouble, as several townships have opted out of the district. Texas and Pavillion have opted out the one precinct that was included, and Oshtemo opted out the majority of the township, which is not serviced by buses.
The authority was planning to ask for a tax increase in May, but this has been pushed back to August to avoid competing with the sales tax hike on the ballot in May.
The main beneficiaries of the West Main route in Oshtemo are Meijer and WalMart (and their customers). Why can't these big corporations pay for their own bus service? This bus route is essentially a government subsidy to business. Would they really let this route disappear if it meant a substantial loss of business?
It isn't fair to the taxpayers to make them pay to support these businesses. It's particularly unfair to make people in precincts 3 and 9 pay for a route they won't use. (I suspect most people using this route are coming from Kalamazoo.)
WMU pays Metro Transit for its bus service. Why can't other businesses, KVCC, and large apartment complexes do the same?
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