Transit plan doesn’t serve the disabled
As a lifelong Wake County resident and taxpayer, I can see both sides of the issue for the proposed transit system. I plan to vote against it.
As a disabled person, it always seems the politicians look for excuses to keep increasing taxes one way or another. When you live on a fixed income, every time one tax or another is raised it leaves ever less money for one to live on. If this tax is passed, I will purchase my needs in Johnston or Franklin counties so I don’t get taxed to death.
Secondly, the buses that currently run in eastern Wake County are totally useless to me. I have checked out these buses, and not a single one of them are wheelchair accessible.
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I have to use crutches and a power wheelchair to do my shopping as I have limited walking ability. It is of no use for me to get on a bus, because I can’t do anything without my wheelchair or excessive pain in my legs and back. So you can readily see why I am adamantly opposed to a tax increase that takes more of my income for a service that I will never have access to or ability to use.
Yes, I may be selfish, but folks have got to draw the line somewhere or be taxed out of existence. I am not the only one in Wake County with these issues, but I may be the only one willing to speak up about it with handicapped issues. I have two wheelchair accessible cars that my wife and I paid dearly for. Yes, handicapped folks are in the minority, but that is why the American Disability Act was passed years ago to help look after folks like me.
If I am forced to endure another tax increase for something I can’t use or have access to, you will be writing about me raising a big stink about this with the ACLU! I feel that I am taxed more than enough already.