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TBTA to ask voters for 54% increase in November

Submitted by on July 16, 2019 – 12:40 amNo Comment

The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority (TBTA) will be asking voters for a hefty increase during the November election to support both TBTA and Dial-A-Ride (DART) public transportation busing.

The current 4-year levy of 0.65 mills expires at the end of the year.

The Authority will be asking City of Alpena voters to support a new levy of 1.0 mill for 4-years, a 54-percent increase.

TBTA board president Adam Poll told city council Monday night, the increase is needed to offset higher operating expenses and reductions in revenue, particularly the loss of busing contracts with the AMA-ESD and Alpena Public Schools.

The current millage will raise approximately $150,000 in revenue for the Authority. The new millage would raise an estimated $243,125, an increase of $93,215.

The TBTA currently has no plans to increase fares to makeup for lost revenue. Poll said an increase would impact those who need the service the most but have limited resources.

The ballot language for the new request was formally approved by the municipal council last night. If approved by voters in November, a property owner with a household valued at $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000, would pay $50 per year, an increase of $17.50 over the current millage.

Since 1975 there have been 11 Dial-A-Ride millages, all of which were overwhelmingly approved by voters.

Dart has been operating within the city since 1974.