Trolley proposal will cost taxpayers money

I was under the impression that Rivercorp's mandate was to bring economic development to our city

First lets define “trolley” – a vehicle transporting people powered by motors fed by electricity from above ground trolley poles.

So, are you proposing we re-install power poles and wires that we just paid to removed?

Then we have the projected ridership of 5,000 per month at  25 cents donation. That’s $1,250 per month, or $15,000 per year, assuming that all donate 25 cents, and 5,000 people use the service – which I would doubt – less operation cost of $70 per hour times 40 hours a week or 480 hours per year at $70 equals $33,600 plus insurance at $5,000 per year. That leaves a deficit of $23,600 per year, not counting general operating cost and maintenance.

I was under the impression that Rivercorp’s mandate was to bring economic development to our city, not encourage a proposal that will cost taxpayer money but, then again, this council and mayor don’t think about money. After all, isn’t that what we the taxpayers are for?

Time to wake-up. Elections are a coming.

As an aside, what has happened with the 3-1/2 acres of  waterfront issue that all of council ran on in the last election?

Michel Rabu

Campbell River

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