MTA proposal passes

GENESEE COUNTY — At the Aug. 7 primary, the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) renewal proposal was approved by Genesee County voters with 67.37 percent of the votes and 30,036 total yes votes.

There were 14,545 total no votes cast, representing 32.63 percent of the votes.

The millage renewal will levy .4 of one mill on the taxable valuation of property in Genesee County for five years, starting in 2014 and run through 2018. The estimated revenue that will collected in the first year of the millage renewal will be $3,340,081.

These funds will be used to provide the MTA Your Ride services to the elderly, persons with disabilities and other members of the community. Your Ride is a complimentary bus service to the fixed route busing system.

The original millage for support of the Your Ride service was first passed in 2000.

“The residents of Genesee County value public transportation and contiinue to show their support for county-wide services by supporting millage renewals,” said Edgar Benning, the general manager and CEO of MTA, in a recent View Newspapers article.

Benning also said more than 600,000 Your Ride passenger boardings take place each year.

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