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CFTE Election Preview 2015October 21, 2015
In This Issue …
- Election Preview: Transit Measures to Keep an Eye on this November
- Don’t miss our 2015 Transit Election Trends webinar!
Election Preview: Transit Measures to Keep an Eye on this November
The November 3rd elections are fast approaching, and voters will be considering several measures to increase local funding for transit. To make sure you’re prepared, we’ve put together a quick overview of what’s going on around the country.
In case you missed them or want a recap…
Utah: Seventeen counties in Utah will be voting individually on a 0.25 percent sales tax on November 3rd. If the measure passes, the six counties in which the Utah Transit Authority operates (Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber) will direct 40 percent of new revenue toward expanding bus and train service. The rest of the revenue in these counties and all the revenue in the others will go towards road and other transportation improvements. The Utah Transportation Coalition has formed a support campaign called Prop. 1 Utah.
Colorado: Two localities in Colorado will be voting on sales tax increases to fund transit. Fraser is asking residents to raise the sales tax by one percent, while Winter Park is seeking a two percent increase. In Winter Park, the additional revenue generated if the tax passes would specifically go toward expanding the Winter Park Resort Shuttle bus fleet and providing year-round service.
Washington: Seattle is voting to renew the Bridging the Gap initiative passed in 2006. This initiative is an amalgamation of various taxes, and the revenue is used to invest in transit expansion as well as other infrastructure improvements. Those in favor of passing the renewal have formed the Let’s Move Seattle campaign to raise awareness and support for the measure. Additionally, Snohomish County is asking voters to approve a 0.3 percent sales tax to fund Community Transit operations. Check out the initiative’s support campaign, Community Transit Now.
Oregon: Salem has placed a 0.21 percent payroll tax on the November 3rd ballot. The revenue from this tax, if passed, would go to expanding current bus service into the evenings and weekends. Yes for Cherriots, a campaign to promote passing the initiative, is working to boost local support. Opposition from the local Chamber of Commerce and the local hospital has made this initiative fairly divisive within the community.
Some new measures to watch out for…
Michigan: Delta County is seeking a five-year renewal of the 0.6-mill property tax that currently funds the Delta Area Transit Authority (DATA). Additionally, Scio Township residents will decide on a 10-year property tax of up to 0.36 mills to expand Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority bus service to the township. Residents advocating for passing the millage have formed Partners for Transit to raise support for the measure.
Overall, twelve municipalities will be voting to increase transit funding on November 3rd, which will bring the number of transit elections in 2015 to 30. Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on these elections and their outcomes, and join our webinar on November 10th for in-depth analysis and a review of this year’s trends in transit elections!
Don’t miss our 2015 Transit Election Trends webinar!
November 10th, 2015
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Join CFTE and NAPTA as we examine key 2015 transit election trends. During this webinar, we will review how transportation ballot measures fared this election season and discuss how communities are using ballot measures to improve their transportation systems nationwide. Guest speakers from Arizona and Utah will also join us to discuss their campaign strategies.
The Center for Transportation Excellence is thrilled to partner once again with the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) to bring you Six Stops to Success, a free webinar series designed to help transit advocates around the country share ideas and work together to promote innovative transit investment and improvements.