I’ve been following the discussions on raising fees for the Red Rabbit. The Hall County commission vote will be either 3-2 in favor or 3-2 against. It’s that close. But only on the commission.
Raising those fees at this time is wrong.
Looking at ridership data, 3 out of 4 riders make less than $15,000 per year and use the Rabbit every day of the week. At $1 per ride and only one ride per day, that’s $260 a year. If they ride to and from work, school or the grocery, that’s $520 per year.
Since all fees are taxes and all taxes must be paid from income, these riders are paying 3.4 percent of their income in taxes for the Rabbit.
All the proposals for the Rabbit would increase the fees for riders. In some cases, the annual cost doubles.
Would you vote to double your property taxes to help balance the county budget? If not, then why would you want your county commissioner to double the tax rate on people making less than $15,000 a year?
Only a ignorant brute would ever punish the poor. Don’t let your county commissioner stoop to doubling transportation taxes on the poor and the elderly.