Transportation Ballot Measures

2017 Election Monitoring: Current Elections

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Election Date:
February 14, 2017

Garfield County, WA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 77%-23%

The recently-created Garfield County Transportation Authority is asking voters for a 0.4% sales tax to fund operations in February.

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Election Date:
April 04, 2017

St. Louis, MO

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Pass, 60%-40%

A circuit court judge in St. Louis has approved a half-cent sales tax for the April ballot to fund a MetroLink expansion and other projects.  If ...

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Election Date:
April 04, 2017

Milwaukee, WI

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Loss

Results: Fail, 28%-72%

The Milwaukee County Board's finance committee has approved an advisory referendum question that would ask voters in the April 4, 2017, election whether ...

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Election Date:
May 02, 2017

Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 55%-45%

Voters will decide on a millage increase to help Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) officials update their fleet and facilities and offer a range of ...

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Election Date:
June 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 78%-22%

Sacramento asked large properties to vote on creating a streetcar taxing district.  Properties included in the vote were non-residential and either ...

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Election Date:
August 04, 2017

Kansas City, MO

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 70%-30%

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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Election Date:
August 08, 2017

Kansas City, MO

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Uncounted

Results: Failed, 43%-57%

Clay Chastain has once again collected enough valid signatures to place a 3/8-cent citywide sales tax for 25 years on the ballot to help fund a $1 billion, ...

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Election Date:
August 08, 2017

Kansas City, MO

Type: Advisory

Outcome: Win

Results: Failed, 49%-51%

A Kansas City group filed petition signatures with the city clerk’s office seeking to require a citywide vote before any streetcar expansion can ...

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Election Date:
October 14, 2017

Jefferson Parish, LA

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 57%-43%

Voters in Jefferson Parish will consider a 2-mill property tax renewal estimated to generate $6.8 million annually for Jefferson Transit (JeT) operations ...

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Election Date:
October 14, 2017

Jefferson Parish, LA

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: Passed, 62%-38%

Voters in Jefferson Parish will consider a 1-mill property tax renewal estimated to generate $3.4 million annually to fund services for people with ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Adams County, CO

Type: Other

Outcome: Win

Voters in Adams County will vote on a five different questions (ARTA A-E) regarding the Aerotropolis Regional Transportation Authority District, ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Denver, CO

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: 73% - 27%

The Denver GO Bond is a $1 billion infrastructure bond.  About half of the bond funding would go to transportation projects generally, while about $60 ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Statewide, CO

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

Governor Hickenlooper and state legislators are planning to ask Colorado voters to approve a tax increase to support transportation projects around the ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Athens-Clarke County, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 74%-26%

Local officials have approved the final project list for a 5-year 1% sales tax increase for transportation and sent it to the November ballot.  If ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

DeKalb County, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

The state legislature is considering allowing DeKalb County officials to go to the ballot for an additional half-cent sales tax to fund MARTA service in the ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Fulton County, GA

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

Fulton County is considering a ballot initiative for MARTA in 2017 in light of the win in the City of Atlanta in 2016.  However, county officials are ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Lawrence, KS

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 70% - 30%

The Lawrence City Council has decided to ask voters to renew a 0.55% city-wide sales tax for 10 years.  The revenue from this tax would go to ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Statewide, ME

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: 72% - 28%

Maine voters will consider a $105 million transportation bond.  $20 million of that is slated to go to facilities, equipment, and property acquisition ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Grand Rapids, MI

Type: Property Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 61% - 39%

Grand Rapids’ regional bus system, The Rapid, is looking to extend the tax that supports its operations for another 12 years. The 1.47 mill renewal ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Twin Cities, MN

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

Officials are talking about ways to fund transportation projects across the state.  Last year, the Governor proposed a sales tax to fund Twin Cities ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Allen County, OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Loss

Results: 42% - 58%

The Allen County Regional Transit Authority has approved a quarter-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot. This levy is the final option for ...

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Election Date:
November 07, 2017

Mahoning, OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome: Win

Results: 58% - 42%

Voters will consider a permanent renewal of the current .25% sales tax that goes to the Western Reserve Transit Authority.  This sales tax raises $8.5 ...

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Election Date:
November 08, 2017

Philadelphia, PA

Type: Bond

Outcome: Win

Results: 69% - 31%

$184 million infrastructure bond package addressing transit, streets, parks, municipal facilities, museums and economic development. Transportation projects ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Nashville, TN

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

Nashville is assembling a 25-year $5.2 billion regional transit plan, which would include light rail in Nashville, commuter rail in surrounding counties, ...

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Election Date:
PENDING

Hamilton County (Cincinnati), OH

Type: Sales Tax

Outcome:

The SORTA board has decided to ask voters next year for anywhere from a half-cent to a full penny sales tax increase to close their budget gap and expand ...

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2017 Results
12
States
17 Measures

Win: 15
Loss:  2

Success Rate: 88%

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%