Letter: No on San Carlos SCOOT shuttle parcel tax
- Published Tuesday, March 1, 2005, in the San Mateo Daily Journal
Letters to the Editor
No on SCOOT tax
I heard an inference made that the multitudes will be waiting in
traffic should the SCOOT tax (San Carlos March 8, 2005 election)
fail to pass. I offer this prefix.
Additional traffic could return to those two sites where some
traffic was relieved by SCOOT. It is, however, merely returning the
greatest burden to those who would ride on the dimes of the greater
majority of residents in San Carlos, a greater majority who has
never and may never use SCOOT. So, do something constructive.
Perhaps what needs to happen is that San Carlos takes this
experience and learns a lesson from it: Carpool.
Let those who would get the greatest benefit learn how to support
themselves, making it work in a more socially and environmentally
responsible fashion. There could have been a compromise: riders
pay a fee and taxpayers pick up a small share (which is a rather
generous option since it's the parents of a few hundred students
who are truly benefiting from this system). Commuters and seniors?
There have been and always will be alternatives. The inequitable
and unnecessarily expensive SCOOT ($6/per person, per ride; city's
quoted cost) is not the answer.
In the end, maybe it will be the over 28,000 other residents of
San Carlos who are smiling when their tax dollars are preserved
for something more universally beneficial: perhaps the next need
for education dollars; perhaps the next call to help emergency
personnel. I urge the citizens of San Carlos to vote "NO" on
Measure T (SCOOT)!
[BATN: See also:
San Carlos Measure T to decide fate of SCOOT shuttle
Letter: Vote yes on San Carlos SCOOT shuttle parcel tax
Letter: San Carlos SCOOT shuttle tax campaign pay-for-play
San Carlos SCOOT shuttle doomed if $59 parcel tax fails