Battle Over Metro Tax Heating Up

There are 10 comments on the Fox2Now story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Battle Over Metro Tax Heating Up. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

The first shots are being fired in a battle that ends on April 6th. That's when St.

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Johnd

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 2, 2010
Surely the County voters are smarter than to vote for a tax that supports something that is not available for them. That's the reason that St Louis City is separate from St Louis County. It isn't feasible to put buses in the County so why ask them to pay for the City? If St Louis City got rid of the Earnings tax, then maybe we could talk, but otherwise pay for your own stuff.
jt august

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Mar 2, 2010
Other cities have more effective transit systems, and a tax structure to ensure the continued success. I work in St. Charles county and live in StL county, so I go against the structured flow, so bus use is not an option for me. But I remember using bus and ML to get to work in previous jobs, and I really miss that option. I wish people like the above Johnd would get their heads out of their collective arses and not only vital but fun.
jocelyn taylor

Ballwin, MO

#3 Mar 3, 2010
hopefully they have cracked down on the money collected for metro link ...
i personally know people ride that without paying ...
so this way it really can support it self
Metro Rider

Collinsville, TX

#4 Mar 3, 2010
I support the tax. Fare enforcement won't completely bridge the funding gap. The working class of the community use metro and often cannot afford a fare increase. The working class make beds at hotels, perform janitorial duties, and other non-skilled labor tasks. The "rich folks" of chesterfield who voted "no" ended up paying anyway b/c the government realized they needed people to work the retail stores in chesterfield valley.
whats the truth

United States

#5 Mar 3, 2010
We are taxed beyond our means and when my costs out weigh my income I have to shrink. Do I want to??? NO I don't but I must do what I have to. We are a people who when under pressure change and usually for the better. Anytime someone proposes a tax decrease or repeal getting rid of something like police or firefighters is threatened. Metro didn't get the tax hike last time and they wont get it here. They will improvise and those who loose thier way of life will also improvise. VOTE NO ON THIS INCREASE!!!
Nick Kasoff

House Springs, MO

#6 Mar 3, 2010
Why should working class people in north county pay higher taxes so that Chesterfield Valley businesses can pay lower wages? If Chesterfield businesses want to hire employees for starvation wages, they SHOULD be paying for their transportation.

As to the comments by the guy from the Show-Me Institute, he's exactly right. If you don't understand why, just Google propensity to use transit. Bottom line deal is, people who own cars and live in suburbs are much less likely to ride buses and trains. More Metrolink expansion will lead to another financial crisis, and yet another demand for more money. VOTE NO.
richierich

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Mar 3, 2010
Johnd wrote:
Surely the County voters are smarter than to vote for a tax that supports something that is not available for them. That's the reason that St Louis City is separate from St Louis County. It isn't feasible to put buses in the County so why ask them to pay for the City? If St Louis City got rid of the Earnings tax, then maybe we could talk, but otherwise pay for your own stuff.
johnd, there used to be service for the county until they decided not to pay the extra tax and service was cut. We city folk are tired of the county taking advantage of the city. I've ridden Metro for 25 yrs. this Sept. I ride with people who work in city hall, courthouses, car manufacturers. To think only the poor ride the bus is absurd. Do you live here now, or are you speaking from Simi Valley? If you don't live here, than keep out of it.
Brian

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#8 Mar 3, 2010
I live here,(Maryland Heights)and I voted no once already! Why are we voting again? The federal Government stepped in and overode a local issue again, since they "know better" what we need and want than we do. I am not interested in paying for a bus that constantly gets in my way on the road becuase it stopps every block, doesn't go anywhere I need to go when I need to go there, is dirty, and takes twice as long to get where I need to go than my own car. I don't care how the chesterfield valley minimum wage people get to work, I don't use any of those services, besides like the other person said if a businees needs workers LET THEM pay.
Metro Burden

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Mar 3, 2010
Run your current commericals all you want, but Metro has not shown us they can't manage their business, so more money is not the solution.
Bill Spencer

Pevely, MO

#10 Mar 3, 2010
I don't mind paying some extra taxes somewhere, but I tired of sales tax always being the target for more tax. There are places that are over 8% now. Arnold Commons, Gravois Bluffs, just to mention a few. At this recent rate of increase, we'll be a 15% in 5 years.

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