Letter: Tax tourists, not homeowners for RFTA
RFTA needs to be self-supporting. Downvalley workers pay RFTA to come up and down the valley and have the “pleasure” of cleaning hotel rooms that rent for $500 plus a night or washing dishes or working as line cooks or waiting tables for people that under-tip, and all have special dietary needs.
Meanwhile, tourists and many employees living in subsidized housing ride for free.
My daughter uses RFTA, and it is a 30-mile round trip to get to the bus stop and another 30 to pick her up.
Then, the cost of a ticket, change buses, and I get the pleasure paying higher property taxes.
RFTA under-serves half of Carbondale, where many employees who work upvalley live.
RFTA has no apparent concept that people live on the other side of the Main Street of Carbondale.
Please, don’t ask for more money until you charge for all ridership.
RFTA serves largely to provide employees upvalley service to the tourism industry and to serve our local ski areas
It is my opinion that RFTA needs to seek additional revenue from tourists and not homeowners.
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