News & Media
Vol. 4, No. 10August 10, 2006
In This Issue …
- New CFTE Study Documents Dramatic Voter Support for Transportation Ballot Measures
- Seven Michigan Counties Approve Property Tax Ballot Measures to Fund Transportation
New CFTE Study Documents Dramatic Voter Support for Transportation Ballot Measures
VOTERS APPROVE 70 PERCENT OF TRANSPORTATION BALLOT MEASURES
The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) has released a new report examining transportation-related ballot measures since 2000. The report, "Transportation Finance at the Ballot Box:Voters Support Increased Investment,"outlines the striking rise in the use of voter-approved ballot measures to generate funding for transportation choices. CFTE analyzed more than 200 state and local ballot measures related to transportation since 2000. According to the report, voters in 33 different states have approved 70 percent of all proposed transportation measures generating funding conservatively estimated in the excess of $70 billion. Transportation measures have passed at twice the rate of all ballot measures. The CFTE research also details trends in voter-approved financing for transportation. More than 80 percent of all transportation ballot measures since 2000 have specifically authorized financing. The report found support across the board for a variety of funding tools, including sales taxes, property taxes, bonds, and dedicated fees.
Seven Michigan Counties Approve Property Tax Ballot Measures to Fund Transportation
VOTERS UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO INVEST IN TRANSPORTATION
On August 8, voters in 7 Michigan counties approved various measures to levy property taxes to fund local transportation systems. Wayne , Oakland and Macomb counties voted to renew a transit millage that supports the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). SMART provides bus services to the suburbs surrounding Detroit . In Wexford, voters approved two proposals. The first was a proposal to renew the current tax and the second proposal was to levy an additional tax to fund transportation. Benzie and Kalkaska counties voted to approve a tax increase to fund transportation and voters in Manistee also approved to a tax to fund the counties Dial-A-Ride bus service. These election results indicate that voters in Michigan are increasingly aware that investing in transportation is vital for the future.
Updated 2006 Election Results