I don't shop in South County anymore because of this tax hike. It's exactly like the Wall street bailouts...they couldn't fund it correctly before so taxpayers pay for it now, in another 5 years they're going to want another tax hike to pay for the fraud and waste this time around, no one will ever learn...
Best Thing to Happen to St. Louis This Year - 2010
Restoring Funding for Metro
It was a hard lesson, but one that will ultimately benefit the entire region. Fed up with $137 million in cost overruns for MetroLink and tired of Metro's perceived arrogance and unaccountability, St. Louis County voters in November 2008 rejected a half-cent tax increase to aid the transit agency. Faced with a $50 million budget deficit as a result, Metro drastically reduced bus and light-rail service and laid off some 600 workers — forcing even those who don't frequently use Metro to feel the pain. This past April Metro went back to county voters, this time with a structured plan for improving public transit while being better stewards of tax dollars. The plan included such smart practices as splitting routes to use fewer buses; eliminating large (and mostly empty) buses for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles; and creating more geographical hubs. County voters approved the half-cent sales tax — which in turn triggered a quarter-cent city sales tax. Order was restored. People who use Metro can once again get to their jobs and the grocery store, and St. Louis has a better transit agency for the long run.