Posts tagged ‘Bus Rapid Transit’

November 4, 2011

Forensic Auditor Responds to Columbian Hit Piece on Analysis of C-Tran Finances

by lewwaters

As we know, Forensic Auditor Tiffany Couch issued an analysis recently critical of C-Tran finances and their claims of needing more revenue they seek in Proposition 1. It goes without saying that the Columbian, our local mouthpiece for any pro-Democrat, pro-CRC, pro-Light Rail or pro-C-Tran measure would do what they could to discredit it, which they did in their hit piece, Analysis questions C-Tran’s financial claims; agency fires back

Included in the article is C-Tran’s critical response here, in essence labeling her a liar while the article itself seeks to taint her work due to her being separately hired by local businessman and the Columbian’s ‘boogieman’ David Madore to perform a Forensic Analysis of the Columbia River Crossing, a completely separate agency.

Ms Couch’s report is here

Tiffany Couch has now issued a rebuttal to the C-Tran claims of her not using complete numbers, numbers they provided to her and their effort to label her work incomplete that you can read here

Rebuttal of C-Tran claims:

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August 23, 2011

C-Tran Proposition 1 Must Be Defeated

by lewwaters

Apparently oblivious to the elongated Great Recession we remain mired in, here comes C-Tran wanting more of our dwindling money. Proposition 1, appearing on our ballots in the November general election, will raise sales taxes to maintain current bus service, they claim. As I previously showed here, they aren’t exactly struggling to make ends meet, like many middle class taxpayers in Clark County are currently.

With a 24% increase in families earning less than $35K a year and the poverty rate in Clark County increasing to 11.8% in 2009 (the latest year reported), people in Clark County continue to struggle with lower wages and unemployment. We can ill afford more taxes, especially with so many tax and fee proposals staring us in the face.

I have long advocated a vote of NO on any measure concerning C-Tran to send a message to our elected officials, aka ‘ruling class,’ and maintain that position. But, along with sending them a message over lying to us and denying us a county-wide vote on light rail maintenance and operations, a look at how inefficiently C-Tran continues to be operated also calls for a NO vote for a few additional reasons.

Seeing public opinion unfavorable on the prospect of paying more taxes, Keep Clark County Moving PAC has launched a “Preserve Our Buses” webpage, complete with the usual dire circumstances that will befall the low income, senior citizens and the disabled that rely on bus service. (PDC Report on Keep Clark County Moving PAC contributors)

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