LETTER: Claimed savings for converting buses to hybrids don’t compute

To Ozaukee Press:

The CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program explained in last week’s Ozaukee Press, where grants are used to convert vehicles to electric hybrid engines, is a perfect example of nonsensical government waste.  

It’s billed as “saving” about $63,000 over the life of six Ozaukee County mini-buses by reducing gasoline usage. But the conversions will cost $96,000 up front, and all of that money is paid by taxpayers (20% from local taxpayers, 80% from CMAQ grants, which are funded by federal taxpayers).

In what world does spending $33,000 more count as saving money?

Tom Kamenick
Port Washington



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