Transit Funding and Re-election Campaign
March 10, 2019
I would like to thank my fellow Councilman, Karl Skala, for calling for an increase in transit funding!
As I discussed last fall, service cuts scheduled for June will cause tremendous hardship to Columbia's public transit riders. However, we can reduce the negative impact of the cuts with a relatively painless adjustment to our Transportation Sales Tax (TST) funds allocation - currently, about 50% for roads, 25% for Columbia Regional Airport, and 25% for transit.
At the February 18 City Council work session, Karl proposed transferring 5% of TST revenues from the airport and roads (possibly, 2.5% from each) to transit. He repeated this position at the March 4 Council meeting, and asked City staff to determine how much each additional 1% of TST would yield, and provide a report on the possibility of retaining Saturday transit service and/or extending weekday service. He also stated that a small parking fee ($2 - $3 per day) for the paved lots would be reasonable, to help the airport recoup lost revenues.
I have heard strong support for increasing transit funding from constituents who rely on public transit and also from those who do not. A quality bus system benefits our entire community in so many ways (mobility, efficiency, carbon reduction, economic stimulus, safety, and more), it only makes sense to invest in transit.
Therefore, I have no hesitation in giving my full endorsement to Karl's proposal.
Fourth Ward Re-election Campaign
Don't forget to participate in City Council and School Board elections, April 2nd.
If you live in the Fourth Ward, I hope you will cast your vote for me. I am running for re-election to the City Council on a policy platform that emphasizes:
- Planning for Growth
- Equity in All Policies
- Constituent Engagement
For those of you who are particularly concerned about growth and development in Columbia, I invite you to review my Candidate Responses to a questionnaire distributed by the Columbia Board of Realtors, which address property rights, sprawl versus in-fill development, and the cost of growth.
Finally, please join me for an Election Night Party on Tuesday, April 2nd at Broadway Brewery!
City Manager Search Survey
As City Council moves forward with the City Manager recruitment process, we want to hear from the entire community.
Let us know what characteristics you would like to see in Columbia's next City Manager by completing this online survey, which will remain open until Friday, March 15th.
You can follow the City Manager hiring process at this web page.
"Makers" Town Hall
Join me Tuesday, March 12th, 6-8pm at Parkade Plaza (601 Business Loop 70 West) for a "Makers" Town Hall hosted by the Loop CID and funded through a grant from Smart Growth America.
Focusing on ways to encourage small-scale manufacturing in Columbia, this event will include a presentation and break-out sessions. It is open to "makers," property owners, and anyone who's interested in seeing something exciting happen on the Business Loop. Creating suitable spaces for local, small-scale manufactureing has been shown to bring innovation, creativity, and economic revitalitation to a long-neglected areas like the Business Loop.
My next Constituent Conversations will be held March 17th, 2-4pm at Dunn Bros. Coffee, and upcoming dates are always available at my web site.
And please check out my FaceBook page!