Whatcom County voters rejected a 0.2 percent increase in sales tax to maintain the current level of bus service offered by the Whatcom Transportation Authority. The vote will result in reduced bus service. But to be fair, an extra two cents on every 10 dollars spent is an awful lot of money to pay to maintain public transportation.
WTA said it will likely have to stop offering bus service on Sundays because of the vote. “Nobody rides the bus on Sundays anyway,” said a person who voted against the tax increase.
More than 50,000 votes cast and the measure failed by about 1,000 votes. That means at least 25,000 people in Whatcom County think it is better to have pocket change than bus service.
Well they’re going to have to spend that pocket change somewhere other than the bus on Sundays!
The result of this vote is troubling. And that’s coming from someone who has never taken a WTA bus…those are for poor people.