News & Media
Vol. 7, No. 8December 02, 2009
In This Issue …
- Final Transportation Ballot Measure of 2009 Approved
- Next Webinar: January 15! Register Now!
- Federal Update
- Help CFTE Build a Comprehensive List of Transportation Ballot Measures
Final Transportation Ballot Measure of 2009 Approved
AFTER OKLAHOMA CITY 2009 WIN RATE IS 73%
On Tuesday, December 8, voters in Oklahoma City, OK approved a one-cent sales tax extension by 54.3% of the vote. The sales tax extension is expected to generate $777 million over its lifetime of 7 years and 9 months. The sales tax for Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPs) was first put into place sixteen years ago. This was the fourth extension of the tax, although only the third time it was for a MAPs proposal, and the first time it is being exclusively dedicated to transportation projects. The voter turnout on December 8 was the largest ever for an Oklahoma City municipal election.
The first MAPS proposal was passed by 54% of voters in 1993 as a 5 year, 1 cent sales tax increase to fund 9 major projects in the city. The 2nd MAPS proposal was dubbed "MAPS for Kids" and included over 100 Oklahoma City area school projects. The $714 million measure went before voters in 2001 and extended the tax until the end of 2008. Another vote in 2008, not considered a MAPS proposal, extended the tax until March 31, 2010 to pay for improvements to the Ford Center in an effort to lure an NBA team to the city. The vote on December 8 continued this tax for almost another 8 years.
The Center for Transportation Excellence monitored eleven ballot measures in 2009. Of that total, eight were approved in favor on transportation. The total win rate for the year stands at 73%, above the decade average of 69% approval for transportation measures.
Make 2010 a Successful Year for Transportation Measures and Your Community
REGISTER FOR OUR FREE WEBINAR TRAINING SERIES
The free, six-part webinar training series continues on January 15, 2010 with "Getting Started on a Ballot Measure Campaign". In November, CFTE and NAPTA united for a very successful webinar on election trends over the past decade. If you missed it, you are encouraged to visit www.cfte.org and view a recording to learn how lessons from the past are likely to play a role in the upcoming election cycle. Then join us in a few weeks to hear from agency and consulting experts on strategies for planning a successful campaign. Even if your community is not looking to go to the ballot in 2010, it is never too early to begin laying the groundwork!
Webinars will continue once a month thru May. All webinars are scheduled for a Friday and will be held at 1:00pm Eastern Time. Registration for is open and available at www.cfte.org.
Six Stops to Success:
Putting your Transportation Message in Service
Friday, November 13, 2009
Election Trends: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future View Recording!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Getting Started on a Ballot Measure Campaign
Friday, February 19, 2010
Building a Winning Coalition
Friday, March 19, 2010
Making Your Message Matter
Friday, April 23, 2010
Social Media: Friending, Tweeting & Blogging Your Way to Success
Friday, May 14, 2010
Silencing the Naysayers
For more information and to register, please visit: www.cfte.org
- 2010 Jobs Bill to Include New Transportation Funding
- Transportation Authorization Extended until February
- DOT Announces Livability Grants
Over the weekend, Congress approved the FY 2010 Defense Spending bill, which included an extension of the current national surface transportation law, SAFETEA-LU, until February, 28, 2010. Before adjourning for the year, the House also approved a bill to support job creation, which includes $37.3 billion for transportation infrastructure investment. The Senate is expected to take up this legislation in January.
Other new funding for transit has recently been made available through the new joint Livability Initiative of the Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency. In early December, it was announced that $150 million for a new Livability Bus Program will be available from unallocated discretionary Bus and Bus Facility funds, and $130 million for a new Urban Circulator Program will be available from unallocated discretionary New Starts/Small Starts Program funds. Application proposals for these the $280 million must be submitted by February 8, 2010. In mid-December, Congress approved an omnibus spending package encompassing 6 of the 12 annual spending bills for FY 2010. The bill includes $67.9 billion included for Transportation and HUD programs. This is a $13.4 billion increase over the fiscal 2009 level.
Help CFTE Build a Comprehensive List of Transportation Ballot Measures
2010 BALLOT MEASURE SURVEY AVAILABLE
Each year, the Center for Transportation Excellence seeks to compile a comprehensive list of ballot measures relating to transportation at the state, regional and local levels. To ensure that we do not miss any measures, we ask that newsletter readers fill-out a brief questionnaire on measures developing in their communities.