Voters will have a long, long list of candidates to choose from in the Nov. 8 election. But at the bottom of the ballot, on the back page, there will be a referendum that is, perhaps, as important as any candidate on the list ahead of it.
Voters in Wake County will be asked to whether to add a half-cent to the sales taxes we pay when we make purchases on most items.
That money will be used to increase mass transit throughout Wake County and the region.
As our population grows – and the number of cars and trucks on our roadways along with it – we face a critical quality of life problem. Most of us, frankly, don’t want to spend an hour each morning and another hour each afternoon stuck in traffic between work and home.
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Mass transit is one of the answers to this problem. Increasing the number of buses and bus routes, adding commuter rail and linking Wake County to other parts of the Triangle will make Wake County much more navigable.
Residents in Garner have had to work hard to keep Garner actively included in the plans.
Yes, a vote in favor of this referendum asks us to give a little bit more of our money to the government. But there is no other entity willing or capable of addressing the transportation challenges we face now and in the future.