In a move that defies logic, Boise taxpayers are spending at the rate of $1,000 a year per round trip passenger that Eagle City officials have refused to pay.
It all started when Valley Transit–the regional bus outfit–said they would discontinue the “Highway 44 Express” which ran twice daily out State Street to Eaqgle, Star, Middleton, and Caldwell. Pleading poverty, Eagle refused to pay its $15,000 share for the run which carried a mere 14 round trippers daily (27 total boardings)—$1000 per passenger per year!
Big Brothers Boise and BSU stepped in to pick up the tab the most affluent area of the county county fund.
“This is great news. We really appreciate the City of Boise and BSU stepping up to provide funding for the route,” Kelli Fairless, Executive Director of Valley Regional Transit (VRT), said in a press release Tuesday. “This route provides needed transportation services to many people who work in Boise, as well as university students, faculty and staff.” The run costs in excess of $50,000 using a small 18 passenger bus.
Eagle won’t pay the sheriff for its police service contract, they won’t pay Valley Transit for bus service, but they have more tax base per capita than anyplace in the county. Meanwhile Boise has homeless under bridges, can’t pay for greenbelt repairs, and leaves police jobs unfunded. Team Dave’s funding of the Eagle share of a bus carrying 14 round trippers a day makes even less sense than the downtown trolley!
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