Question about 'Route K' to appear on Weston Voters' Ballots

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

This November voters in Weston will be asked to consider expanding the village's busing services.

Village Administrator, Daniel Guild tells NewsChannel 7, Monday night the Board of Trustees approved a resolution that another referendum question should be placed on the November 4 ballot. Guild said the question will ask citizens if they would consent to have the village exceed the state mandated tax levy limits to cover the costs of public transportation service within the village.

In 2012 the village had a $1 million operating deficit and made dramatic cuts, but the use of Wausau's Metro Ride 'Route K' for 2013-2014 passed a referendum despite a lack of money to fund it.

In January of 2013, the route was put in place with seven run times a day verses its previous twelve. This year's budget has dropped almost 25 percent from $41 million to $32 million and that money is expected to continue to go down as cuts to state-shared revenue to municipal governments continue.

NAOMI, the local interfaith group was integral in getting back Metro Ride's Route K, which connects Weston, Schofield and Rothschild to the greater Wausau area.

In June, five routes had been proposed including one from the NAOMI that would expand bus service in Rothschild. They said it will double the service area, reduce the mileage, and provide para-transport for more people. They also hope to get more run times. They said the few runs at odd hours bring down ridership.

The referendum question will appear on the ballot during the Nov. 4 general election.

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