(author is Kimberly Allen)
Budget cuts and financial losses may force Clayton County to reduce its bus service.
According to the AJC, Chairman Eldrin Bell is “vehemently opposed to any cuts to transit.” But should C-Tran (or whomever takes over) be exempt while the rest of the county is forced to cut back? Just think of all the other county services that $8 million could pay for. Our police and sheriff departments could always use extra cash, as well as the district attorney’s office which recently used seized drug money to pay furloughed employees.
The buses I’ve seen rolling down Tara Boulevard are never filled to capacity – even during rush hour. With an $8 million price tag and low ridership on some routes, it seems like the county is throwing good money after bad in this scenario. Do you ride the bus? Would losing C-Tran affect your lifestyle at all? Are you willing to pay a fare hike to keep service going?
Also, what are your thoughts on Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin’s claim that there’s no reason for the county to have a deficit since his office collected $3 million more than last year’s budget? What about KPMG’s firing after saying the county had “accounting deficiencies”?
Finally, send up some prayers for Clayton County Public Schools. SACS is in town this week to review the progress made and determine whether or not our schools will regain accreditation. While many believe this to be a formality, a little positive reinforcement can’t hurt.