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Forced into a Free Market Solution

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posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 06:11 PM
After voters in Keller, Tx voted down a 13 cent increase in property taxes to fund school buses, The parents of students are having to resort private shuttle companies or paying for their students riding the buses. What a great start to getting rid of the over reaching hand of government on a local scale. I can hear the arguments now "think of the kids","how do the poor pay for this","its our obligation to get these kids to school". No its is not "our" obligation to do anything, if you are worried about those that cant afford to pay then make a donation in their name. Put YOUR money where YOUR mouth is. Burdening the rest of the population in order to make yourself feel better is theft.

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – Third-party transportation services are reporting an increase in demand just one day after Keller ISD became the first school district in the state to charge parents a flat rate for their children to ride the bus to school.

“We are filling up very fast,” said Rushelle Wetzel with Smiley Transportation in Fort Worth. “We were at the dealership looking at adding to our fleet.”

A Keller ISD spokesman said the district spends between $260 and $360 per student on school bus transportation each year.

District officials said when residents rejected a 13-cent increase in the property tax rate, they were forced to push the transportation costs onto the parents.

As such, the school board approved a plan Monday that will charge one student $185 per semester – $370 a year – to ride the bus. A second student in the same family costs $135 per semester, or $270 a year, to use the school’s transportation. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunches have to pay $100 a semester.

edit on 20-7-2011 by NuroSlam because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 06:20 PM
That's great.. I hate knowing that I pay for other peoples kids. People shouldn't be paid for having kids.

Actually, they should be investigated for child endangerment just for having them.

That aside, good for these folks.

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