The amendment, proposed by council member Rod Dembowski and narrowly approved by suburban Republicans, sought to delay making the deep cuts to Metro that county officials said would be necessary after suburban and rural voters shot down Proposition 1 in April, which called for a $60 car-tab fee and a 0.1 percent sales-tax increase.
In a sharply worded statement, Constantine reiterated that Metro’s revenue shortfalls were real and needed to be budgeted for accordingly.
“We need a reliable way to pay for bus service – but until then, we shouldn’t spend money we don’t have, we shouldn’t use one-time money to pay ongoing expenses, and decisions to save or cut service should be based on objective criteria and data, not on politics,” he said.
Democrats on the council support phasing in the deep cuts as scheduled, but giving Cosntantine the ability to reduce them if the revenue is there. Read Constantine’s full statement to council here.