Grand Rapids Transit System Levy Replacement (May 2011)
This measure was approved
- YES 17,284
- NO 17,148
This measure sought to replace an expiring levy with one set at a rate of 1.47 mills for a period of six years in order to pay for transportation services in The Rapid transport area of East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Walker and Wyoming cities. The Grand Rapids Press had given its support behind this measure because metropolitan cities need good public transportation services and this increased tax will go towards expanding services which would benefit residents. Most of the tax addition will go towards expanding bus services in the transportation area including buying new buses over the six year period. Starting to build up a modern streetcar system throughout the transit area was also on the proposed list of where the additional money would go to.
Proponents of the measure noted that having less dependence on cars will be beneficial as well as ensuring disabled people have a way around. Those against the measure stated that the system should have been able to operate within the budget that has been set forth and not need more money thrown at it. A previous vote held in 2009 was defeated, proponents hoped the rise in gase prices wil be further incentive to support public transportation.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
| May The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) levy a tax of up to 1.47 mills beginning in 2011 for continuation of current services, service improvements based on the Transit Master Plan, and other public transportation purposes? This millage would replace the 1.12 mills approved by the voters in 2007 and would add 0.35 mills. This millage would cover seven years, beginning in the year 2011 and continuing through 2017. It would be levied on the taxable value of all taxable property in The Rapid's district (the six cities of East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Walker and Wyoming). The Rapid estimates that this millage would raise $15,596,497 in its first
Tax increment revenues from this millage will be disbursed to each of the following tax
City of Grandville: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority
City of Grand Rapids: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Madison Square Corridor Improvement District Authority, Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority, Smartzone Local Development Finance Authority, Uptown Corridor Improvement District Authority, Uptown Corridor Improvement District Authority
City of Kentwood: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
City of Walker: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Redevelopment Authority
City of Wyoming: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Local Development Finance Authority.
- Kent County Elections, May Election Results
- Kent County Elections, May Candidate and Issues List
- The Grand Rapids Press, "Editorial: Why voters should support the May 3 millage to expand bus service," April 17, 2011
- Wood TV, "May 3: transit, millages, school boards," April 24, 2011
- The Grand Rapids Press, "Should West Michigan approve tax increase to expand The Rapids bus system? Proponents, opponents make their case," May 1, 2011