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Commissioner Lucier claims financial watchdogs are pushing a deliberate and politically-motivated lie

Posted Monday, October 19, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - I have read on several occasions that the bus costs taxpayers 360k–this is a deliberate and politically-motivated lie and assumes that the bus would be funded for 18 months without any ridership and does not include the fact that we have the 176k grant which you mention—who in their right minds would turn down an opportunity to get 176k to initiate a much requested bus route that offers the opportunity of lessening traffic congestion on 15-501.

The truth is that both Chatham county and Pittsboro will evaluate ridership after six months and the maximum allocation for the bus is 43k for Chatham county and 24k for Pittsboro so the real number is 67k not 360k. Nevertheless, lies and misrepresentations seem to be the name of the game for those trying to displace progressive elected officials.

Chatham County George Lucier's public response to Tim Keim's email (below).

From: Tim Keim
Date: 10/12/2009 5:29:48 PM
Subject: Bussing Dollars?

Whenever opponents of the Chapel Hill bus route air their grievances, they invariably neglect to include this information: the federal government paid for half. The feds gave Chatham County $176,000 for an 18 month pilot transit program to encourage people to use the bus. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth is generally good advice in a situation like this. The self-appointed guardians of the public purse have no other plans for the future transportation needs of Chatham than to nit pick and criticize the prudent actions of public servants willing to make investments in our future.

Tim Keim

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