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Transit-Related Tax Measures Pass in Michigan

Voters in five out of six Michigan municipalities approved property tax measures to support public transportation on Aug. 2, resulting in an 83 percent success rate for the day. During 2011, U.S. voters have passed 12 out of 14 measures for a total success rate of 85 percent.

In Crawford County, 78 percent of voters supported a 0.7027-mill increase to the current transportation levy for five years in order to pay for the operating costs of the Crawford County Public Transportation System (Dial-A-Ride).

Similarly, 79 percent of voters in Iosco County approved the five-year renewal of a 0.0967-mill levy to support operations of the Iosco Transit Corporation, expected to generate $109,704 in its first year.

Voters in both Escanaba and Gladstone approved millage renewal requests for the Delta Area Transit Authority, 0.6 mills for five years. The vote was 67 percent in favor in Escanaba and 62 percent in Gladstone. In Maple Ridge Township, the same measure lost by a margin of 32 percent in favor and 80 percent opposed.

Fifty-eight percent of voters in Port Huron Township supported a property tax increase and renewal for Blue Water Area Transit service. The four-year, 0.875-mill tax—an increase from the current 0.675 mills—is expected to generate $220,450 in its first year.
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