Polk County Transit Sales Tax (November 2010)
This measure was defeated
- YES 58,112 (38.3%)
- NO 93,789 (61.7%)
This measure sought to add a half cent to the current sales tax rate in order to help fund the mass transit system throughout the county. There was no county wide bus service offered, this measure would incorporate other systems into one county wide system. A few of the local routes were being subsidized by the county, so putting all the bus routes under one authority would help ensure services and funding. The current rate of sales tax was 7 percent, this measure would raise it to 7.5 percent.
The interim director of the county wide transit bus service had been out trying to educate county residents about the benefits of having a county wide bus service. He stressed how the tax would open up more routes and ensure that more areas were covered by the buses in the county. A vote against the tax would be a blow to public transportation throughout the county, reducing service hours as well as routes. The goal to stay ahead of county growth was also a benefit of the tax addition.