Rate Hike Too High

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2011

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

YVEDDI officials went to county commissioners on Monday evening asking for a rate increase for transportaiton services.
They left without the board’s approval – and with a list of questions commissioners want answered.
The transportation program, by law, must be self sufficient. It had been until last year, when it lost some $200,000 – a $75,000 deficit in Davie County.
Jeff Cockerham, YVEDDI’s new transportation director, had one goal: to get the agency that also serves Yadkin, Surry and Stokes counties, into the black.
YVEDDI transports people to and from doctor’s appointments, many referred through nursing homes or social services; students with special needs; and any private trip a county resident wants to fund themselves. It requested a base rate increase from $1.05 per mile to $1.55 …