By Benita M. Dodd
Benita Dodd,Vice President, Georgia PublicPolicy Foundation
The City Commission of St. Augustine, Fla., voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of proposed commuter rail service
between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Fla. According to a presentation by the Jacksonville Transit Authority, the federal government (i.e., you and I) would most likely be willing to fund half of the project. The Jacksonville-St. Augustine leg is estimated to cost $171.7 million. The state, county and city would have to provide the rest.
Casting the lone dissenting vote, Commissioner Donald Crichlow said the cost would be more than he was willing to absorb. “I just don’t think that’s where I want to put my tax dollars,” he said, according to the…