By Mike Thayer
It's true. There's a story in the Gazette today about a trail connecting downtown Cedar Rapids to uptown Marion. According to that article, local authority has obtained $4 million in federal gas tax money - a.k.a. the Federal Highway Trust Fund - and has decided to use 80 percent of that $4 million on trails. That's $3.2 million being spent on trails, and NOT on crumbling roads and bridges.
Meanwhile, Cedar Rapids voted for a sales tax increase to pay for road and bridge maintenance. Does that make sense to you? Build new trails with Highway Trust Fund money, and let roads/bridges degrade and then have to increase taxes locally to pay for repairs?