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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leftover snow removal funds should be used for public transit

By Greer Relphorde
March 13, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

In a time where there is a great threat to the continuation of our city's public transportation system, the article about Columbia's leftover snow removal money as the subject of town hall meetings puzzles me greatly.

Although the rules and regulations behind the sharing and distribution of city budgets is not something of which I have great knowledge, it seems clear to me that half of this $400,000 surplus should be put directly toward the repair and upkeep of Columbia streets. The remaining $200,000 would be most beneficial to Columbia residents if put toward the never-ending conundrum of the status of our public transportation system in the very near future.

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The issue of public transportation is not solely an issue affecting MU sophomores who decide to live off campus. For many low-income individuals, this is their only means of transportation, the lifeblood that allows them to stay employed as well as support themselves and their family.

Therefore, when your ward meets to discuss the projected use of these funds at an upcoming meeting, make your voice heard. The surplus left because of the lack of necessity in snow removal should be put toward public transportation, not quietly swept into a city official's budget or pocket.

Greer Relphorde is a junior at MU.