Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Metro buses that last summer took more than 22,000 riders to Kings Island – almost all of them workers - might not run this year. The amusement park has paid for the service since 2000, with eight express trips from Government Square downtown to Mason seven days a week. Times coordinated with Kings Island’s shift changes, starting at 9:25 a.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m. But earlier this year, Kings Island officials canceled the service – unless they can find money to help pay for it.
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I honestly can't blame them. Metro blackmails cities and buisnesses the same as everyone else. We'll travel five miles more (Outside the I-275 loop) for 40 thousand a year but otherwise forget it.
I have mixed feelings about it. I tend to think that Cedar Fair as a whole doesn't do enough to offer services that would retain good people, but obviously I don't know if they were getting good workers there, or if the return on investment was adequate. Obviously if there's some less expensive way to get people working there, then spend the money on that.
75,000. You can't tell me this route isn't profitable when it could have and does have at least three busses of fifty people at 2.00 a head.
Chuck, who wasn't arguing the parks subsity of it. Just that Metro wants to blackmail money to have it.
I see no reason why the route couldn't be sucessfull on it's own. Without the 75000 price tag.
"Im so glad I moved out of hamilton county. It's stupid stuff like this that has the county payng far more than it should for things. 2.5 percent income tax. Half Cent for Stadiums, Half cent for jails."
You should check your facts, I live in Hamilton county and do not pay 2.5% income tax to the county. Never have. I do pay 6.5% sales tax (some of which goes to the stadiums) the same as people in Butler, Warren and Clermont county.
It is very beneficial for the county to offer up assistance to cover the bus service for the summer - and the price tag is small and the benefit to local economy is much bigger. With 22,000 riders making about $50 a day, that's over $1 million into the local economy. Clearly an example of good fiscal policy. This is why we pay tax, not an example of a bad one.
*** This post was edited by CoasterDad64 4/19/2007 8:48:44 AM ***
We're at 6.0% here in Medina county, tied for the low with Hancock and Stark.
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