By Becky Fenger
Since most Phoenicians simply want the potholes in our neighborhoods filled and the streets we use improved, why are we being forced to accept more light rail extensions that will cannibalize the bulk of the money for these desired repairs?
Since most voters would rather have new freeways than we would bike paths or beautification of walking paths, why are we forced to pay for both?
Voters would prefer to get a menu of options that we can vote up or down rather than be forced to pay $31.5 billion for everything on some city official’s Wish List. Why are we given this all-or-nothing plan and threatened with horror stories if we vote No? Should citizens be indebted just to bloat a transit bureaucracy?
Why is almost everyone who is publicly touting this ballot measure getting paid or enriched in some way?
Why have the Valley media kept Valley Metro’s own figures under wraps that show building more light rail transit at grade level will give us more pollution and congestion?
When the first twenty miles of light rail gave us massive deficits, why would we as straight thinkers vote to triple that debt?
Why was the Committee that was formed to oversee this plan given unrestricted authority to change the promises made to voters in this ballot measure if Prop 104 passes? What recourse do we voters have down the line when money is transferred from road improvements or bus rapid transit to expensive light rail?
Why would the City of Phoenix, buried under massive unfunded pension debt, hatch a plan that incurs huge interest payments?
Since I have not heard any answers to my questions, I must vote “NO”