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Encouraging voters to make voice heard on Weston bus issue

On Saturday afternoon, volunteers hit the streets on foot. Their hope -- to revive the Weston bus line, which stopped service on the first of the year.

"Gives me the independence to travel around the community, do the basic needs that everyone that can drive a car can do," said Kathi Zoern, who lives in Wausau.

Groups went door-to-door handing out flyers to potential voters. They plan to stop at each home in the village during the weekend. 

Last year, Weston leaders voted to stop the line -- saying they can't afford to keep the busses running.

"There are so many things that local governments would like to do and like to provide but at the same time, everyone tells us to keep their taxes low, to show fiscal restraint, to be conservative," said Weston Village Administrator Daniel Guild. 

Weston leaders are encouraging people to read information they've collected too. In a letter on their website, they explain -- if the referendum passes, they may need to cut other services to make space in the village budget.

"How do you meet the needs of delivering these services at increased levels, adding more services, maintaining services but at the same time, showing fiscal restraint, particularly in tough economic times," said Guild.

Despite the bus program's track record, some said they're not giving up hope.

"People need the bus to get to medical appointments, visit family, employment, job opportunities, grocery shopping, just to meet their basic needs," said Zoern.

People on both sides of this issue said they want to get information out so voters can be better informed on election day.

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