Bus advocates urge city to stop diverting tax money

Rev. Margaret Roberts, Father Kriski and other MORE2 leaders urged a City Council committee Thursday to stop using bus tax money for other transportation uses.

Voters approved a sales tax increase for the buses in 2003 and renewed it again in 2008, they did not expect the city to use these funds for other transportation purposes. Though that budget move is legal, bus supporters said it’s not the right thing to do.

“We the people who voted in good faith now want the council to keep the faith with its electorate,” retired minister Margaret Roberts told the council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Roberts and others urged the committee to support a measure sponsored by Councilman Ed Ford that would cap the amount of money the city diverts from buses to other projects.

Council members put off a decision on Ford’s measure until Dec. 9.

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