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WORTHINGTON, January Yr201 – If you’re a mayor considering instituting a bus system in your city to relieve traffic congestion, you might want to do it for another reason: Public transit can make you a lot of money!

                Let’s take our Worthington City (WC) as an example. Its citizens enjoy a tax rate of 6.5% -- which is 28% less than the standard Sim 9%. WC enjoys a host of services, including plenty of well-funded hospitals (plus free clinics), schools, parks etc. Its Treasury takes in $134.1 million a month and has expenses of $128.8 million, for a monthly surplus of $5.3 million.

                What makes all those services possible at that price is the bus system. WC public transit takes in $27.6 million a month, with expenses of $0.9 million, for a whopping surplus of $26.7 million. Transit system profits make up almost one-fifth of the city’s revenue. Without that transit money, the tax rate would need to be increased to 7.8% (which is still low by Sim standards) to make up the difference.

                Toll plazas can make an even bigger impact.  In the town of New Bain, the local government takes in $26.6 million a month, with expenses of $23.5 million, for a surplus of $3.1 million – this despite a residential tax rate of zero, and a miniscule business/industrial tax rate of 2.8%. Part of the reason for these extraordinary figures is New Bain’s small government philosophy – low taxes/fewer services. But most of the reason is the toll plazas present at all but one entrance to/exit from the city. Because almost roughly 70% of New Bain is made up of business districts, and because so many of the workers at these businesses live outside its borders, city fathers decided several years ago to shift more of the cost of running the city from its locals to commuters by charging tolls. They had no idea how profitable that decision would be. Last month, New Bain took in $15.8 million from tolls – 59.4% (!) of the city’s total revenue.

                It should be noted that unlike bus fares, which pay for a specific, optional service, tolls are in effect taxes. But they are a tax burden shared by those who work in the city as well as those who live there.  

PICTURED: A typical bus stop, this one at Gallery Plaza, the entrance to the National Gallery of Art in Worthington City.

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Simoleman

Welcome to Worthington

WORTHINGTON, January 2200 – Greater Worthington (GW) is a thriving county of approximately 3.6 million people, located at the base of the Altavista Mountains in American Simolay. Founded by British expatriates in 2000, GW is celebrating its bicentennial this year with plenty of fireworks, concerts, and athletic events.

GW is a collection of 42 semi-autonomous townships and 34 hamlets, each with its own set of ordinances and tax structure. Each has its distinct personality as well. For example, Worthington City is GW’s center of government. Teldar is its high-tech industrial heart. And Charlestowne is sometimes called the Las Vegas of Simolay. (What happens in Charlesowne… well, some of it leaks out.) While mostly urban, GW also is home to many suburban, rural, and farming communities, as well as hundreds of acres of undeveloped forest land.

The county’s diverse $100 billion a year economy provides virtually full employment. Average and median incomes exceed the national average. As is true of most large urban areas, some citizens struggle to make ends meet, but abject poverty and homelessness are virtually non-existent in GW.

GW’s public school system provides tuition-free education for students from kindergarten through high school, and through college for qualified in-county residents. The University of Worthington – home of the Wolverines – features two main campuses and numerous satellite facilities throughout the county.

Healthcare provided by GW’s numerous hospitals and clinics is heavily subsidized by the government, and most localities feature free clinics. Additionally, most communities offer free CPR and other medical training.

The county government provides numerous parks, playgrounds, pools and other options for people to spend their leisure time. The crown jewels include a county fair, world class indoor and outdoor performance venues, sports stadiums, museums, zoos, and the largest art gallery in Simolay.

Residents and visitors also can choose from a wide variety of restaurants, theaters, hotels, spas and other popular spots.

Like any major metropolitan area, GW has its share of problems. Traffic tie-ups are common, especially on the few bridges crossing the Stribley River, which runs through the heart of the county. Pollution, particularly air contamination, is an issue in some more congested locales. But by most accounts, significant progress has been made over the last generation or so on that front. As of January 2200, GW’s power needs have been served by 99.75% renewable energy sources – hydrogen, solar, and wind.

GW is a complex, diverse region. Whether you are relocating here or just visiting, this Website offers a comprehensive guide to the latest news from, and key aspects of life in, Greater Worthington. We hope you will find it enjoyable, informative, and useful.

For the full story, visit simple-city.org

–SimTraveller, January 2200

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