Posted by David Keelan on Friday, December 28, 2007
Seems to me that since this is a service offered to a limited number of people that we are due for a fare increase.
The bus system’s proposed budget for next fiscal year calls for the county to spend $11.4 million — unless additional state or federal funding becomes available — more than doubling the $5.3 million the county spent in fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30. Officials have budgeted $7.9 million in county funds for the system this fiscal year.
Now if Mr. Ulman is truly interested in the quality of life of Howard County citizens (taxpayers) then he should not burden us with these increased cost. The transit system should institute a fare increase to help defray these new and additional expenses. They won’t cover it all (it would be nice if they could) so taxpayers will still pick up part of the tab.
The last fare increase occured July 1, 2004. The base adult fare went from $1.00 to $1.50 one-way.
While expenses continue to rise, including fuel, labor and more frequent stops on some routes, the contributions from federal and state sources have changed minimally. Those sources provided $2.9 million in fiscal year 2007 and $3.2 million this fiscal year. About $3.4 million in federal and state money is budgeted for next year.
When the cost to provide me services goes up then my vendors charge me more (BGE, Oil Heat, Gas Station, Food, etc) I would expect those using the Howard Transit system to do the same.