MTA proposal passes

GENESEE COUNTY — The Mass Transportation Authority narrowly pulled off a victory in its bid for more money in the Nov. 4 general election.

The 0.425-mil new levy squeaked by with 63,107 votes in favor, just 49 more than the 62,058 votes against the millage that begins in 2015 and continues through 2019.

MTA officials have said the funds are needed to offset state and federal cuts and losses in local tax revenue due to declining property values.

The tax is expected to generate $3,851,784 in the first year to pay for fixed route, coach services, as well as on-demand Your Ride minibuses.

In the August primary, voters approved a 0.4-mil levy for five years for Your Ride. — L.R.

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