News & Media
Vol. 8, No. 8October 13, 2010
In This Issue …
- 2011 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference Heads to St. Louis
- 2010 Election Update
- Recent Election Results
- November Preview
- Mark Your Calendar for the Post-Election Webinar!
- TIC 2011 Sponsorship Opportunities
Transit Initiatives & Communities Conference Heads to St. Louis
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
The Center for Transportation Excellence will be holding the 2011 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference in St. Louis, Missouri from June 20 - June 22.
Ballot measures have become an integral part of transportation finance. TIC is the only national conference devoted to understanding the role of ballot measures in improving transportation choices and investment, and providing advice on how to achieve success at the ballot box.
CFTE is asking for your ideas to help make this a successful learning event for all. Please visit http://cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp to download the Session Proposal Form. Forms should be sent to email@example.com by December 1, 2010.
For more information about the conference visit http://www.cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp
2010 Election Update
As of October 4, CFTE is monitoring 59 transportation ballot measures for 2010. To date, twenty-six transportation measures have been decided in 2010 with a success rate of 81%.
The largest trend we are seeing in 2010 is an increase in advisory or non-binding measures. Many communities are seeking voter's opinions on increasing or dedicating funding for public transportation, but are reluctant to firmly attach a dollar amount to the measure. Another unusual trend is the proliferation of property tax measures, which are more than twice as common as sales tax measures on 2010 ballots. Although property tax measures have always been the most successful type of finance measure (80% approval rating), sales tax increases have typically been the most common, accounting for 40% of all transportation ballot measures.
This year is also shaping up to be successful in terms of the number of transportation measures on the ballot. In the past decade, the most measures monitored by CFTE occurred in 2004 with 56, followed closely by 49 in 2006 and 47 in 2008. After several years of declining tax revenue, and state and local budget cuts, communities are turning to voters to approve additional funding to maintain services and invest in new infrastructure and transit lines.
Recent Election Results
Michigan: On August 3, sixteen Michigan counties had measures on the primary ballot asking voters to renew property tax levies to support local bus systems. Fifteen communities approved the renewals with an average of 67% voter approval. Eaton County, the only community not to approve the measure, had a complicated provision that appeared, as an increase but was actually a restoration to a millage rate that had been approved by voters in the past. Two weeks after the election, the county Board of Commissioners voted to put the measure back on the ballot in November.
Racine, WI: On September 14, voters in Racine County, WI overwhelmingly approved an advisory measure by 74%-26%. The measure asked voters if they felt the state constitution should be amended to prevent state transportation funds from being used for non-transportation purposes.
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA: On Saturday, October 2, voters in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA failed to approve a 3.5-mill property tax measure to support the local bus system by a vote of 47%-53%. The tax would have generated approximately $11.5 million a year for the Capital Area Transit System, which does not have a dedicated funding source.
Statewide: Voters across the state will be asked to approve a measure to close loopholes to prevent the state from raiding local funding for transit
The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma have placed $10 vehicle fee increases on the November ballot to pay for a variety of transportation projects, including improving transit. The percent of revenue dedicated to transit in each county varies.
San Francisco voters will also be asked to approve a charter amendment that seeks changes to the way the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) is run.
The November ballot will be quite crowded for voters, with 10 statewide propositions to contend with, as well as many local measures.
Oahu voters will determine whether the city should create a semiautonomous Public Transit Authority to oversee Honolulu's planned $5 billion rail transit system.
Voters in Polk County will be asked to consider a ½ cent sales tax to support the Polk County Transit Authority. If the referendum passes, Citrus Connection, Polk County Transit Services and the Winter Haven Area Transit (WHAT) will be combined and operated by the Polk Transit Authority.
In Hillsborough County, voters will decide on an additional 1 percent sales tax to build a light rail system, expanding bus service and improving roads.
For more election info visit: www.cfte.org
Mark Your Calendar for the Post-Election Webinar!
TRENDS & RESULTS FROM 2010 BALLOT MEASURES
CFTE is hosting a post-election webinar on Friday, November 5, 2011 at 1PM EST. The presentation will cover the results from 2010 transportation measures across the country and take a look at key trends from recent elections. This is a great opportunity to learn how communities are using ballot measures to improve their transportation systems. Register Today!
Become a Sponsor for the 2011 TIC Conference!
The biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference is attended by representatives from transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals. Become a sponsor of the 2011 TIC Conference to reach key players in the next election cycle and to support a successful event. We have limited sponsorship opportunities available so act quickly.
For more details on the benefits of sponsorship, please visit http://cfte.org/TIC/TIC2011.asp to download a sponsorship form.