Students in Burbank may have a reliable set of wheels a little longer than expected after the Burbank City Council issued a stay of execution on the Got Wheels program on Tuesday night.
The council voted unanimously to direct city officials to return with alternatives to cutting the program that shuttles roughly 120 children each day around the city after school either to the library, home or activities at parks or the Boys and Girls Club.
Amid falling revenues and a tight fiscal outlook, Community Development Department staff suggested cutting the $341,000 program in order to prolong the life of other services, such as transit services geared for Burbank seniors and disabled residents.
Proposition A revenue, which funds the Got Wheels program, could be exhausted by mid-2012, according to the city.
The suggestion to cut the program spurred an outcry by parents who say they rely on Got Wheels to transport their children safely home while they are at work.