Letter to the Editor:
RTD will make a decision next month as to whether to include Longmont in the new FasTracks tax package that will be on this year’s November ballot. If Longmont cares about how their RTD dollars are being spent, now is the time for them to speak up.
Eight years ago, Longmont voters approved the FasTracks tax increase by a 54% to 46%
margin. This means that Longmont shoppers have contributed over $10 million each year to
RTD coffers in order to build a metro area rail system that is designated to reach Longmont.
Now, RTD wants to walk away from the rail deal that Longmont voters approved, but yet they still expect Longmont voters to pass a second tax increase to build rail to all of the other cities listed in the Fastracks plan. Longmont’s consolation prize is “more” bus service. If we want a cleaner environment, a comprehensive rail system that connects Longmont to the rest of the metro area, and smarter land development–rail is the answer.
What is RTD thinking? It will be very difficult to get 51% of the metro voters to approve a tax increase during a recession while snubbing Longmont’s 40,000 voters in the process.
Their tax effort will fail.
Tell your elected officials—city council members, state representatives, and county
commissioners—to call RTD and tell them that Longmont voted for rail in 2004 and will vote for rail in 2012 only if Longmont receives the rail line that was promised to us in a realistic timeframe. Don’t you think 20 years is a bit long to wait?