MTA asking voters for millage renewal

FLINT TWP. — A millage renewal proposal for the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will ask voters in the August 7 election to extend a 0.40 mills tax levy for another five years from January 1 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023.

“This is a renewal only with no increase,” said Edgar H. Benning, MTA General Manager, in a media statement. If passed, it renews one of three MTA millages in the county .This particular renewal is for MTA’s original millage dating back to 1996,and requires a renewal every 5 years..

“The county millages have allowed us to provide expanded services for seniors, persons with disabilities and the general public,” Benning said. “The funding has assisted in making up the shortfall in state operating assistance .The renewal is critical in preserving current services and if it was to fail, service levels would be immediately impacted by reductions.”

The O.40 mill tax levy amounts to 40 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value. Estimated revenue to be collected during the first year of the renewal is $3,335,794.80. Some local authorities would capture a portion of revenue through tax increment financing,

Benning added that the community has been very supportive in the past and that the services MTA provides are considered world class for an agency of its size.

In a pre-election newsletter distributed to voters, MTA officials noted that during its 2016-2017 fiscal year, MTA provided Genesee County residents with over 5.4 million trips to medical facilities, work, educational institutions, church, shopping and other locations. That included 2.2 million rides for seniors and persons with disabilities,

2 million rides for individuals going to work and 1.5 million rides for businesses, education, churches and the general public

MTA specialized services now include Your Ride Plus for non-emergency medical transportation; Rides to Wellness, and Rides to Groceries and Senior Shopper programs.

MTA transports workers to jobs in Oakland, Saginaw, Lapeer, Livingston and Washtenaw counties, An average of 6,000 commuter workers board MTA vehicles every week. Currently MTA operates 30 work-related routes with more expected in the near future.

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