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Muscogee County bus drivers speak out at committee meeting

(Source: Tesia Reed/WTVM) (Source: Tesia Reed/WTVM)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A group of Muscogee County bus drivers are letting their voices be heard.

The bus drivers committee met Tuesday at the Columbus Public Library to let the public know their concerns.

News Leader Nine's Tesia Reed was at the meeting and she says there are three priorities the drivers need.

It was standing room only at the meeting and the drivers said just want the dignity and respect they say they deserve.

Bus drivers at the meeting are asking for a raise since the cost of living has increased, they are also asking for their wages to be compensated through a step program that gives drivers raises every year.

They also want certain improvements including bi-weekly pay instead of a paycheck only once a month and safety was also a big concern.

Only one school board member was at this meeting. Frank Myers with the Muscogee County School Board told the public change will come when the community holds the board accountable and asks them to prioritize their spending. 

"I'm asking you to get involved and help us beat this SPLOST, and for this board to prioritize spending; that place is swimming in money," Myers said. 

Supporters of the Special Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST said it will help the students if it passes. 

"The SPLOST can give you new buses, and give the students a comfortable place to go to school in instead of sinking classrooms."

Another issue the drivers complained about is Governor Nathan Deal's proposed budget for 2016. If it passes, the state will eliminate health insurance for some school workers including bus drivers.

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