When it comes down to other-people's-money, the Racine County Board votes enthusiastically one way. But when the hand is reaching into our own wallets ... well, it's a different story entirely.
According to the Journal Times, the board voted 13-10 Tuesday night in favor of the creation of a Regional Transit Authority -- as long as the state doesn't impose a county sales tax to support it. Such a tax is the latest proposed funding source to pay for the commuter rail project known as KRM, that would connect Milwaukee and Chicago -- and run through Racine.
But just two years ago, the same board voted 19-4 when the funding platform for KRM was gonna be a $13 tax on car rentals.
Car rental fees, of course, are presumably collected mostly from out-of-towners, donchaknow; but a sales tax would be collected from .... ahem, local voters! (Like the Brewers' stadium tax, and we all know how well that worked out!) Not to mention that the overall economic landscape has changed dramatically in the past couple of years; it depends on which side you're on whether that makes a stronger case for commuter rail or a weaker one.