I appreciate that New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield is looking for suggestions to pay for the Wave transit budget, however, his suggestions of a $7 vehicle registration fee or a quarter-cent sales tax increase are not viable solutions. These are difficult times for everyone, and it is time for the county to make the hard decisions. The county needs to start reducing services when they can’t afford them! Obviously the transit service benefits only the people who use this service, and asking the general public to foot the bill is unacceptable. They need to focus on the transit costs and reduce them to a level that fits the budget. This can be achieved by eliminating un-profitable routes, idling buses/gas costs, reducing resources, increasing the fares to the riders, and selecting only routes that benefit the majority of users. I realize these are solutions that are difficult and unpopular, but people need a reality check – there is a limit to every budget!
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