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You bought a ticket, will you ride?

Published 12:01am Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The vast majority of taxpayers never went to the bus station, but we’re afraid they’ve still missed the bus.

As plans to construct a new $3 million transit facility move right along, we’re still waiting on the numbers and data that explain why such a facility is needed.

Yes, we know the Natchez Transit Service reportedly services hundreds of local residents who rely on them for basic transportation. That service is needed and shouldn’t be overlooked.

But if nearly every bus that passes is clearly at far less than capacity and the Natchez Visitor Center parking lot is full of parked buses, is this taxpayer-funded service run efficiently?

Would small vans or even cars provide the same service with better gas mileage?

Taxpayers deserve answers to those questions before $3 million more is poured into a building to house the local transit authority.

It doesn’t matter whether the dollars are local, state or federal; they still come from the pockets of the public, and the public still deserves a detailed accounting of their dollars.

For too many years, elected local officials have turned a blind eye to the largely grant-funded department. If the money doesn’t come from the city coffers, they don’t ask questions.

But taxpayers deserve a closely accounted for transit system, not a non-stop free ride for spending.

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Great editorial.   Now I hope the ND will finally ask the same questions of the Rec Project.

  • Anonymous

    How about segues, with rickshaws for the handicapped?  

  • Anonymous

    Amen!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am thrilled to see ND get on this wagon, or bus.  Cappy may sell the old Stahlman/Stine/Bad Boy building for about the amount this new monument will cost the taxpayer.  That location has plenty of bus parking space and a building large enough for the maintenance shop, and lots of room for those extra 20 people that will be hired on the local payroll to have private offices.  Let’s recycle what we’ve got instead of proliferating monuments.  As Khaki says, sell the prime lot on Shields Lane for private development and get half that money back in the deal to pay some of these unnecessary salaries.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Can’t understand how federal funding as this should follow thru with the national debt as such and if this is going on all thru the USA??!! Terrible situation!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I remember reading that for every dollar in federal taxes the people of paid, they received almost two dollars in federal payouts.  IF that isn’t a shame I don’t know what is.  Mississippi is a prime example of how to bankrupt a nation.  If it weren’t for places like New England where the opposite is true (they pay almost twice in fed taxes what they get in federal spending), we’d be Greece.

  • Anonymous

    Oops, time to revise.  The $2 figure was from 2004.  Now its almost $3 taken for every dollar paid in.  We appear to be the biggest leeching state in the nation as of 2009.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/04/04/state-finances.html

  • Anonymous

    I think the ND has already leaned the other direction on that one!

  • Anonymous

    “I” didn’t buy a ticket…I simply paid my taxes…only to have my taxes syphoned off to provide for others who refuse to provide for themselves.