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Subject: County loses grant money
Hillsborough commissioners have now wasted $2-million in low-income grants and don't even know it.
This angers me so greatly, as I expect them to work on these programs and issues to such a degree that they know when these types of desperately needed funds are about to slip away.
I expect that our commissioners would be so on top of this that they would see to it that the funds are secured and not lost to an oversight.
My anger truly ranges from knowing that had they not been tied up fighting about what morals to place on residents, then they could have done their job. Run the county, don't run it into the ground.
I truly hope the citizens of this county wake up to whom they have guarding the henhouse.
Rich Dugger, Odessa
Subject: HART Looks to reduce routes
HART moves are encouraging
Amendment 1 pays dividends a week after enactment. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) cuts expenses to save tax dollars!
The two examples cited in a recent Times article are rerouting a Carrollwood express bus and redirecting funds for the expansion of Tampa's electric streetcar route. This is exactly the kind of government action voters wanted.
The federal grant HART would use to expand the streetcar route four blocks (with the hope of attracting "new" riders) was spent on other priorities, while rerouting the Carrollwood Express buses is an obvious savings because it affects two buses carrying fewer than six passengers per trip.
It was good to read that HART is also looking for other revenue sources, including reaching a deal to gain $5-million from a contract for advertising on bus shelters. Rerouting nearly empty buses and finding other revenue sources shows that HART's officials got the voters' message. That is the best news so far.
Bill Boyd, Apollo Beach
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