Wednesday, May 4, 2011
May 3 Election Results!
The May 3 special election was a great day for transit! Five communities in Michigan and one county in Ohio went to the ballot to ask voters to either renew or increase taxes to support local transit systems. All of the measures in Michigan dealt with property taxes and the one in Stark County, Ohio was to renew a quarter-cent sales tax.
The results were extremely close in Grand Rapids, MI, but the levy increase for The Rapid was approved. The rest of the measures passed with impressively high margins!
Benzie County, MI—WIN, 75%-25%
Renewal and Restoration of a 0.5 mill levy to support Benzie Bus
Holland, MI—WIN, 76%-24%
Renewal of a 0.4 mill levy to support to operations of the Macatawa Area Express bus system
Grand Rapids, MI— WIN, 50.2%-49.8%
A 0.35 mill levy increase to expand bus service across The Rapid system
Grand Haven Township, MI— WIN, 59%-41%
A 0.95 mill levy increase for Harbor Transit and road/bridge investment
Kalkaska County, MI—WIN, 72%-28%
Renewal of a five-year, 0.25-mill levy for the county's public transit authority.
Stark County, OH—WIN, 66%-34%
Renewal of a 0.25 percent sales tax for Stark Area Regional Transit Authority bus service