Transportation Ballot Measures

2016 Election Monitoring: Current Elections

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Gabriola Island, CAN

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Federal gas tax funding for Gabriola Island’s Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express is set to expire in June 2016.  The Regional District of ...

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Election Date:
March 01, 2016

Pulaski County, AR

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 43%-57%

Rock Region Metro (previously Central Arkansas Transit Authority) board approved 0.25% sales tax measure for the March 1 primary ballot.  If passed, ...

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Election Date:
March 08, 2016

Bedford Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 43.4%-56.6%

The township board called a special election for voters to consider 0.1 mill levy increase for five years in addition to a renewal of the current 0.25 mill ...

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Election Date:
March 08, 2016

Grand Haven Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 72.1%-27.9%

In 2011, Grand Haven Township residents approved a 0.95 mill property tax to allow Harbor Transit service to expand into the township.  The Township ...

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Election Date:
March 15, 2016

Roscoe Township, IL

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: 57%-43%

Voters in Roscoe Township will choose whether or not they would like to join the Stateline Mass Transit District at the polls on March 15th.  However, ...

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Election Date:
April 05, 2016

Tulsa, OK

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 75%-25%

As part of Tulsa’s Vision tax plan, city officials approved a portion of a new 15-year sales tax for transit.  Over the course of 15 years, an ...

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Election Date:
April 26, 2016

Ellensburg, WA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 62.6%-37.4%

Ellensburg City Council voted to establish a transit district, which in turn has the power to levy a sales tax to fund Central Transit.  Any new tax ...

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Election Date:
May 03, 2016

Fort Gratiot, MI

Outcome: Win

Results: 69.8%-30.2%

Fort Gratiot City Council members called a special election for May 3rd to ask voters to consider a 4-year renewal of the current 0.6214 mill property tax ...

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Election Date:
May 03, 2016

Holland and Holland Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 81.8%-18.2%

Voters will decide on a 0.4-mill property tax renewal to continue to fund for MAX Transit bus system.

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Election Date:
May 03, 2016

Kalamazoo, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 58%-42%

Voters in Kalamazoo will decide on a 0.315-mill renewal for five years to fund public transit.  This renewal is a decrease from the 0.4 mill property ...

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Election Date:
May 03, 2016

Port Huron, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 55.6%-44.4%

Port Huron City Council members called a special election for May 3rd to ask voters to consider a 4-year renewal of the current 0.6214 mill property tax ...

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Election Date:
May 07, 2016

Castle Hills, TX

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: 59.8%-40.2%

Castle Hills residents will decide in May if they would like to remain in the service area for VIA Metropolitan Transit and continue to support service with ...

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Election Date:
May 07, 2016

Richland Hills, TX

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: 54.2%-45.8%

Voters will decide whether to remain part of the regional transit agency, known as the Trinity Railway Express or the T, and continue the half cent sales ...

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Election Date:
May 10, 2016

Cabell County, WV

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 72.2%-27.8%

A 5-year property tax renewal for the Tri-State Transit Authority.  Without approval, bus service would end.  60 percent support required to ...

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Election Date:
May 10, 2016

Huntington, WV

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 73.7%-26.3%

A 5-year property tax renewal for the Tri-State Transit Authority.  Without approval, bus service would end.  60 percent support required to ...

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Election Date:
May 10, 2016

Monongalia County, WV

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 63.1%-36.9%

The Monongalia County Commission approved a 0.022 percent property tax levy for the May 10th primary ballot to support the Mountain Line Transit ...

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Election Date:
May 17, 2016

Jackson County, OR

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 61.4%-28.6%

  Officials are asking residents to pass a 5-year millage to maintain and improve bus service in the Rogue Valley Transportation District.  ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Baldwin Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 35.2%-64.8%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Baldwin Township, if ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Bark River Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 49.4%-50.6%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Bark River Township, ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Bedford Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 74%-26%

The township board approved placing a measure to renew the current 0.25 mill property tax that supports Lake Erie Transit’s Dial-a-Ride service in the ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Brampton Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 53.9%-46.1%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Brampton Township, if ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Clare County, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 61.1%-38.9%

A clerical error in the August 2015 ballot measure language means the renewal passed in 2015 skips 2016 and runs from 2017-2022.  This leaves a gap in ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Ensign Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 50.9%-49.1%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Ensign Township, if ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Ford River Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 59.4%-40.6%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Ford River Township, ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Isabella County, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 64.9%-35.1%

Isabella County voters will decide on a 4-year millage renewal to continue the level of funding for the Isabella County Transportation Commission as ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Maple Ridge Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 36.3%-63.7%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Maple Ridge Township, ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Masonville Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 53.3%-46.7%

The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Masonville Township, ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Missaukee County, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 42.3%-57.7%

A millage will appear on the August 2nd ballot that would provide more buses for on-demand services, including a medical express bus.  They are to be ...

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Election Date:
August 02, 2016

Wells Township, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 44.1%-55.9%

 The Delta Area Transit Authority has a millage on the ballot on August 2nd asking voters in eight townships in Delta County, including Wells Township, ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Merced County, CA,

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 69% - 31%

To alleviate regional congestion, Monterey County officials are asking residents to vote on a 3/8 percent countywide sales tax measure referred to as ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Flagstaff, AZ

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 71% - 29%

The Flagstaff City Council has approved placing a 10-year 0.295% sales tax renewal on the November ballot for the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, CA

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 82% - 18%

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) is drafting ballot language to extend the current $96/year parcel tax that accounts for 7-9 percent ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Contra Costa County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 63% - 37%

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority has approved a 1/2-cent transportation sales tax measure to fix pot holes, improve freeways, boost transit, and ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Humboldt County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Fail, 57% - 43%

Humboldt County residents will vote this November on Measure U, a 20-year half-cent sales tax.  The revenue will primarily go to road improvements, but ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Los Angeles County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 70% - 30%

Metro in LA County has formally placed Measure M on the November 8th ballot.  This measure would renew the current Measure R, a half-cent sales tax ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Monterey County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 67% - 33%

To alleviate regional congestion, Monterey County officials are considering asking residents to vote on a 3/8 percent countywide sales tax measure.  ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Placer County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 64% - 36%

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency has approved a ½ cent, 30-year sales tax to fund rail and road improvements.  The Board of Supervisors ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Sacramento County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 66% - 34%

Sacramento County has approved a ½ cent sales tax to improve regional transit and road projects, including expanded bus service and light rail to the ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

San Diego County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 57% - 43%

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has voted to send a half-cent sales tax on the ballot in November.  Now supervisors must decide ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

San Francisco, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 66% - 34%

The city of San Francisco has decided to place a 0.75 percent sales tax measure for the ballot in November in the form of two separate measures.  One ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

San Francisco, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail 65 - 35%

The city of San Francisco has decided to place a 0.75 percent sales tax measure for the ballot in November in the form of two separate measures.  One ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, CA

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 70% - 30%

The BART board has voted to approve a $3.5 billion bond measure to fund capital improvements.  Homeowners in these three counties would see an increase ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

San Luis Obispo County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 65% - 35%

The Board of Supervisors is set to vote July 19th on placing a 9-year half-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects on the November ballot.  The ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Santa Clara County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 71% - 29%

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has approved placing a 30 year, half-cent sales tax to fund transportation, including BART expansion ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Santa Cruz, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 67% - 33%

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the Board of Supervisors have approved a 30-year half-cent sales tax for transportation ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Stanislaus County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 71% - 29%

The council of governments and the Board of Supervisors have agreed to send a half-cent sales tax to the ballot.  The tax would run for 25 years and ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Statewide, CA

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Failed, 52% - 48%

An anti-transit measure called the "No Blank Checks Initiative" looks like it is headed to the ballot in November.  Sponsored by Stockton ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Ventura County, CA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 57% - 43%

Local officials have voted to place a sales tax measure on the ballot in November.  It is a 30-year half cent sales tax that raises $3.3 billion total, ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Boulder, CO

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 69% - 31%

Boulder, CO is asking residents to renew half of the current 0.25 percent sales and use tax that helps fund Boulder County's expenses of acquiring and ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Lafayette, CO

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 54.5% - 45.5%

Polling in Boulder County, CO indicated that a county-wide ballot initiative in 2016 would not be successful, but the Lafayette City Council thinks the ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Routt County, CO

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 62% - 38%

Referendum 1A in Routt County, CO asks voters to approve a 5 percent excise tax on the initial sale or transfer of unprocessed retail marijuana by a retail ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Broward County, FL

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Transportation Sales Tax: Failed, 61% - 38%. Infrastructure Sales Tax: Passed, 51%-48%

A 10-year transit plan released on October 1, 2013 signified the need for a future sales tax increase to support the county’s transportation. County ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 68% - 32%

Voters in the City of Atlanta will also consider a 0.4 percent sales tax on the November ballot for non-transit transportation projects, including beltline ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 72% - 28%

SB 369 splits Fulton County into two districts, allowing the city of Atlanta, but not the rest of Fulton, to levy a 40-year half-cent sales tax on the ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Fulton County, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 53% - 47%

Fulton County elected officials have decided to place a 0.75 percent sales tax on Nov. 2016 ballot to raise funds for road and other transportation ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Honolulu, HI

Type: Charter/Constitutional Amendment

Outcome: Loss

Results: Pass, 68% - 32%

Currently, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is overseeing an extensive rail project in the area, but allegations of lack of ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Statewide, IL

Type: Charter/Constitutional Amendment

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 78.8% - 21.2%

A measure restricting the use of transportation revenue solely tor transportation projects (including transit) will go before Illinois voters this ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Marion County, IN

Type: Other

Outcome:

The state legislature passed a bill (SB 176) that allows counties to establish mass-transit plans in each county with ballot referendums. Funding mechanisms ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Prince George's County, MD

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 85% - 15%

Question E, a $200 million bond measure for transit and public works, will go to voters in November.  A portion of revenue from this measure would ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Satewide, ME

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 61% - 39%

Maine voters will consider Questions 6, a $100 million transportation bond measure, on the ballot this November. This bond would fund an array of ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Eaton County, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 70% - 30%

Eaton County voters will be asked to renew a 0.25-mill property tax for the Eaton County Transportation Authority.  The millage generates over $850,000 ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 50.5% - 49.5%

The Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority (RTA) plans to ask voters across metro Detroit to approve a 1.2 mill property tax on the November ballot ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Kansas City, MO

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 57% - 43%

Kansas City Councilmembers have approved a light rail proposal, put forth by long-time transit advocate Clay Chastain.  Revenue for the plan would be ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Greensboro, NC

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 73% - 27%

The Greensboro City Council has approved a bond measure for the November ballot.  $28 million of the $126 million bond measure would go to ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Wake County, NC

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 53% - 47%

Wake County Commissioners have voted to place a half-cent sales tax referendum to help fund a new $2.3 billion regional transit plan on the November ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Statewide, NJ

Type: Charter/Constitutional Amendment

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 54% - 46%

New Jersey has an amendment asking voters if they wish to require all revenue raised by New Jersey’s current fuel taxes to be dedicated to funding no other ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Bernalillo County, NM

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 76% - 24%

The City of Albuquerque is scheduled to begin construction of a nine-mile network of bus-only lanes, referred to as Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project, ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Clark County, NV

Type: Gas Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 56% - 44%

Voters in Clark County will decide whether to extend indexing the gas tax to inflation for another 10 years.  The constitution does not allow gas tax ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Franklin County, OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 72% - 28%

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will ask voters to renew 0.25-percent sales tax for 10 years.  If approved, it is expected to raise $62 ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Lorain County, OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 74% - 26%

Commissioners have approved a 0.25 percent sales tax for five years.  The original proposal would have dedicated all of the revenue to public ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Lucas County, OH

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 58% - 41%

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) Board of Trustees has voted to place a 10-year renewal of its 1.5-mill property tax on the November ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Stark County, OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 63% - 37%

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) has filed a 10-year 0.25 sales tax renewal for the agency with the Board of Elections.  The revenue ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Tigard County, OR

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 51% - 49%

The Tigard City Council is expected to formalize ballot language on June 28th for the referendum on the proposed MAX Southwest Corridor light rail ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Charleston, SC

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 51% - 49%

The Charleston County Council has now approved a half-cent transportation sales tax ballot measure.  The tax would raise $1.89 billion for road, public ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Austin, TX

Type: Bond

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 59% - 41%

The Urban Transportation Commission has asked the Austin city council to consider placing an $800 million bond measure for light rail on the November ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Lago Vista, TX

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 56% - 44%

Lago Vista residents will vote this November on whether or not they wish to remain part of the Capitol Metropolitan Transit Authority service area.  If ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Richland Hills, TX

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 55% - 45%

Even though voters chose to remain part of the regional transit agency, the Trinity Railway Express or the T, back in May, they will consider the exact same ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Summit County, UT

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 69% - 31%

County officials have agreed to place a mass transit sales tax on the November ballot in Summit County.  The 0.25% sales tax would generate an ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Washington County, UT

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 52% - 48%

Washington County leaders have asked cities to let them know if they support placing a 0.25% sales tax on the November ballot.  Revenue gained from the ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Arlington County, VA

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 78% - 22%

Arlington County is asking voters to approve a $58.8 million bond measure to partially finance the cost of various capital projects for the Washington ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Fairfax County, VA

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 64% - 36%

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking residents to approve a $120 million bond measure.  A portion of revenue from this bond would finance ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Virginia Beach, VA

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 57% - 43%

In 2012, Virginia Beach voted to allow the Norfolk City Council to adopt an ordinance approving the use of all reasonable efforts to support the ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Kitsap County, WA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 51%-49%

Kitsap voters will decide on a 0.3 percent sales tax increase this November to fund a fast commuter ferry, overseen by Kitsap Transit, to Seattle.  ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Seattle, WA

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 55% - 45%

Sound Transit is asking voters to approve a measure that will build upon the existing mass transit system of light rail, commuter rail, and bus ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Spokane, WA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 55% - 44%

In the wake of the narrow defeat of an April 2015 ballot measure to raise the sales tax 0.3 percent for transit, the Spokane Transit Authority is ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2016

Jackson and Teton Counties, WY

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 53% - 42%

Jackson and Teton County officials are discussing a penny sales tax to fund housing and transit projects.  On the transit side, funding would offset ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Kansas City, MO

Type: Other

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Pass, 57% - 43%

The Regional Transit Alliance has submitted a proposal that involves extending the streetcar by 3.75 miles.  To pay for this expansion, advocates are ...

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2016 Results
23 States
77 Measures

Win: 55
Loss: 22

 

Success Rate: 71%

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2015 Results
10 States
34 Measures

Win: 23
Loss: 11

Success Rate: 68%

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2014 Results YTD
18 States
61 Measures

Win: 42
Loss: 19

Success Rate: 69%

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2013 Results
8 States
15 Measures

Win: 11
Loss: 4

Success Rate: 73%