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Believe me, I'm sympathetic to all the reasons to vote yes, and I may even agree with some of them. However, this plan is a bandage on a gaping wound and will do little to solve the mass transit problems with IndyGo in certain parts of the city.
One of those parts is where I live. I live in Decatur Township, and this plan does little to nothing for this area of town. The problems facing residents down here with access to mass transit will continue, so I don't feel that I should have to pay for it. Call me selfish, short-sighted, a hypocrite...whatever, but I just don't feel that this is something I can support.
I \don't buy that there is any long term plan to solve this issue in this area. If I did, I would think differently about this plan. Kentucky Avenue and/or the railroad tracks along Kentucky Avenue would be a perfect corridor for plan expansion, but it won't come. I've already been told by a City-County Councillor, a Democrat, that we don't have any destinations down here and that we don't have enough residents to support expansion.
To me, that tells me that there's no plan for the city to ever help us down here build up what we have. They are content with Decatur Township taking the trash from he rest of the city and putting it in the landfill down here. They are content with the IPL Harding Street plant powering the city from extreme Northeast Decatur, but they aren't serious about helping us bring restaurants, shopping centers, and other amenities that would attract higher-level housing down here. Nope. We're supposed to fund the rest of the county north of Troy Avenue but get nothing this way.
I am pro-mass transit, and I would support a tax increase to get it done. I voted for the Eskenazi Hospital referendum, and I voted yes on the Decatur Township schools referendum. I just can't support this halfway done plan that won't address the myriad of needs in my neck of the woods.
I say to the powers that be that if you want my tax dollars, I just ask that you give me a plan worth raising my taxes for before I will vote to raise them.