The prudent mind can but demand clarification on guaranteed funding for not only HSR land acquisition and construction in Madera but for future operational sustainability.
Neither the feds nor the state will identify sound fiscal resources for a reason. Upon whom do you suppose the future costs of such a detached “commuter” train segment, which will likely not even stop in Madera, will fall? Which local educational, safety and social programs will have to be further trimmed to meet these costs?
Of course there is always the so called “balanced approach” of again raising county and state property, sales and fuel taxes. Let’s put that to a vote in Madera County.
Throw into the mix the outright theft of personal real property, a diminished life sustaining agricultural presence and the specter of a government owned and operated utility and the prudent mind must reflect upon the possible personal motives of those forcing the issue.
We know it’s not jobs for Maderans, so what then?