News & Media
Vol. 8, No. 7July 30, 2010
In This Issue …
- Still Time to Register for the Transit Funding Workshop
- August Election Preview
- November Election Highlights
- State Legislative Action
- 2011 TIC Conference Heads to St. Louis MO
There is Still Time to Register for the Washington Transit Funding Workshop
JOIN US IN SEATTLE ON AUGUST 5, 2010
The Center for Transportation Excellence and the American Public Transportation Association will be hosting a free half-day Transit Funding Workshop on August 5! CFTE is the premiere national organization for transportation ballot measure campaign training. Register today to attend interactive sessions covering best strategies, useful tips and lessons learned from those who have been to the ballot and back.
Who Should Attend?
· Public Officials
· Agency Representatives
· Transit Advocates
· Environmental Advocates
· Campaign Professionals
· Business Leaders
What will be covered?
· Building Campaign Platforms
· Organizing Broad Coalitions
· National Ballot Trends
· Marketing Tools
· Strategies for Utilizing Media
· Recent Case Studies
The Transit Funding Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, August 5 in Seattle, Washington from 1:30 - 5:45pm. The workshop is being held in conjunction with APTA's 2010 State Public Transit Partnership Conference. A preliminary program is available on our website. Free registration is required to attend the workshop. Registration for the "High Speed Rail on the Horizon" luncheon, to be held immediately before the workshop, can be included for a fee.
Please visit http://cfte.org/events/events_WAworkshop.asp to download the registration form. Completed forms can be faxed or emailed to CFTE.
August Ballot Preview
Voters in several Michigan counties will be considering property tax renewals to support local transit services on primary ballots this summer. On August 3, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties will be asked to renew a 0.59-mill tax to support the SMART bus system. In 2006, 72 percent of voters approved the same renewal, providing about 42 percent of SMART's operating revenue. More than 14 million people in 75 communities use SMART each year.
Voters in St. Joseph County will also be asked on August 3 to renew a property tax for transit. Voters originally approved the four-year, 0.33-mill tax in 2007. Without renewal it will expire next year, leaving the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority without 45 percent of its budget. The tax generates approximately $583, 000 a year.
On August 17, voters in Olympia, WA will be asked to consider a sales tax increase of two-tenths of a cent to support Intercity Transit. The sales tax rate is currently six-tenths of a cent. The last time voters approved an increase to the sales tax was in 2002 when it went from 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent. The first increase was used to cover funding lost when Initiative 695 replaced the motor vehicle excise tax with a $30 car tab fee. The latest increase is necessary to close budget gaps cause by decreasing sales tax revenue.
November Election Highlight
CALIFORNIA COUNTIES PLACE VEHICLE FEES ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
Transportation agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara and other Bay Area counties are considering seeking local voter approval to increase vehicle registration fees by $10 per year to fix potholes, improve public transit and take other measures to fight congestion.
A bill was recently approved by the state Legislature to allow counties to implement a vehicle registration fee of up to $10 on motor vehicles registered in their county for transportation projects providing a direct benefit to those paying the fee.
State Legislative Action
ARIZONA CITIES SEEK PERMANENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
The cities of Yuma and Chandler, Arizona are leading a statewide effort for a permanent, designated funding source to support the development and operation of a comprehensive multi-modal public transportation program. This effort comes in the wake of the Arizona state legislature raiding the lottery-generated Local Transportation Assistance Funds of $24 million to balance the state budget this year.
Transportation agencies throughout the state are being forced to make service cuts. A coalition is convening to work on a legislative strategy to ensure that transportation funding is protect in the future.
For more election info visit: www.cfte.org
SAVE THE DATE!
2011 TIC Conference Heads to St. Louis, MO
CFTE will host the biannual Transit Initiatives in Communities Conference in St. Louis, MO. TIC is scheduled for June 20 - 22, 2011. More conference information coming soon!