September 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Moorhead is among the school districts Minnesota shortchanges in doling out transportation funds, says a new study by progressive St. Paul-based think tank Minnesota 2020.
Tags: Education, K12 education, Minnesota, Moorhead, Schools, Transportation 5 Comments »
This is one of the problems Urban Sprawl brings on. Low Density long distance urban transportation is costly, yet necessary. Who pays for it? Not usually the parents of the 25 kids living in that development 3 miles away that takes 30 minutes to pick up.
Although bus pickup for elementary students is necessary, perhaps the city should consider giving free city bus riding privileges to the middle/high school level kids and expanding the routes. Then they can make their own ways on their own schedules, the city buses must be paid for no matter what so its not an added expense to give free rides to students.
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The only people being “cheated” are the taxpayers!
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No Kevin, the taxpayers are cheating themselves. There is a saying,
“Be careful about what you ask for, you just might get it”
This situation is caused because people want to live above their means and do it in out in the country. Of course the developers are going to cater to this, they don’t care what the consumer pays for, or what their taxes are….or even if they can afford to pay for it.
Its up to the people, yes, Kevin, I am saying YOU, the people to take responsability to create a city government that looks after the citizens before it looks after business or developers interests.
If you really want lower taxes, Kevin, then write a referendum to have the city hire a qualified city planner. Take responsability for yourself and DO something to lower taxes other than whine on this list about it.
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I don’t live in Moorhead, so I don’t care what they do.
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Confusing article. First it is unfair that money is sent out based strictly on the enrollment (cost per student) and then they dive into an argument of cost per mile instead of cost per student.
BTW: The best way to reduce cost per mile is to ENCOURAGE urban sprawl. Just like a car, the mileage is better on highway than in the city. Few stops with more miles between them will reduce operating costs and labor costs PER MILE, but would likely increase costs PER STUDENT.
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