If we are in fact to be saddled with the Red Line boondoggle, an advocate - Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman - presents a position similar to our own in this morning’s paper.
We have contended that a county wide grid of bus routes will benefit the general area, while the single Red Line approach through the center of the city is too limited and constitutes a poor priority setting.
Ms. Altman makes the very same point about two townships in Hamilton County which apparently are considering a tax referendum to support the extension of the Red Line into Hamilton County. The following is a quote from the next to last paragraph of the article.
"Hamilton County transit advocates decided to target the two townships (Clay and Washington) rather than hold a countywide vote....(Ms. Altman) said asking voters outside of Carmel and Westfield to pay for the Red Line would have made little sense because the service will not reach other areas of the county. (Our emphasis.)
We are absolutely delighted that the lady has included unfairness to many taxpayers as an addition to the discussion.
The proposed route goes through the middle of the three central townships of Marion County. If the tax can indeed be limited to individual townships, it should apply only to Washington, Center and Perry townships. Then Pike, Wayne, Decatur, Lawrence, Warren and Franklin townships can vote if and when better transit service is scheduled to reach them!
We applaud the common sense and logic of Ms. Altman, and wish the same could be said of Marion County’s rubber stamp spenders!