Some folks in Colorado have decided that kids need to pay for their rides on school buses....50 cents per ride.
The Douglas County school board voted 5-0 on the issue. They figure the 17k kids who ride...won't mind the $2 million cost involved....overall.
I sat and pondered over this. In Bama, as a kid....I rode Reeder's bus (our bus driver). If he'd ever charged anything...it would have been a dime and you'd gotten a Coke with a bag of peanuts included. It would have been worth the charge.
Will kids readily pay this? Five buckets a week per kid? It's another tax in a way. And if you have three kids...fifteen bucks a week. It would add up over an entire school year.
What happens if kid's parents say no and drive Johnny to school? The board guessed wrong and are thousands short on their revenue requirement. They'd have to tax toilet paper or desk usage next. Imagine sending Johnny off with a fresh roll of toilet paper each day.