Thursday, May 12, 2011

Area transit authority plan stalled

Area transit authority plan stalled: "Nedeau-Owen said a .00025 percent increase in the county's sales tax could generate about $250,000 for local governments to use to match state and federal grant money.
That would allow those governments to spend less of their property tax levies on grant matches and help establish transit 'in and between every community in Sauk County, with links to Madison and elsewhere without requiring any additional money from any local government,' Nedeau-Owen said.
He added that a transit system would help alleviate summer traffic congestion in Wisconsin Dells.
'Instead of tourists spending money on transportation costs, they could spend their money in the local economy and supporting local businesses.'
Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, said transit authorities are unpopular, unelected 'abominations' that would raise taxes."

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