Today, King County Metro officials revealed a secret they have kept from voters for the past month. Appearing before the King County Council, Dwight Dively, Metro’s Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget, finally admitted to a $30 million revenue windfall.
What is Metro planning on doing with the extra cash? We’ll give you a hint: it’s not spend it wisely.
From the Washington Policy Center,
“[Metro officials] say they plan use the new $30 million to cut their cuts slightly, reducing the number of reduced service hours by 50,000, trimming the cuts from 600,000 to 550,000 bus hours, leaving 92% of the original cuts in place.
“By rough math, it looks like Metro would spend $600 per hour of bus service saved, by far the most expensive public bus operating cost in the nation, and still bus riders would be hit by about the same amount of service cutbacks.”
On this Tax Day, at least you now have the answer to how Metro is spending your hard-earned tax dollars.