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The Belle Urban System, which operates the public transit system in eastern Racine County, is looking at possible cuts to services, bus rate increases and asking municipalities to make up a $250,000 to $350,000 budget shortfall, according to a story in the Racine Journal Times. The bus system proves 1.5 million rides in Racine, Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Sturtevant and the Grandview Industrial Park in Yorkville. The service is funded through passenger fares, and municipal, state and federal taxes. Al Stanek, transit and parking systems manager, is proposing to cut services on Sundays and/or on nights after 7:10 p.m., which is when the ridership is lowest. Making the cuts would save $140,000. He also proposed increasing the DART and paratransit rates by $3 to $4 per ride.

What do you think should be done to make up the shortfall?

Here’s what the municipalities pay:
  • Caledonia: $28,582
  • Sturtevant:  $37,083
  • Mount Pleasant: $177,698
  • Racine: $1.1 million

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.