Voter approval sought November 2 for millage to support Metro system in Kalamazoo County.
WHAT IS THE MILLAGE REQUEST?
Voters will be asked to approve a millage of up to 0.3124 mills for five years beginning in 2022 to support the Metro public transportation system, including Metro Connect and Metro Share.
IS THIS A TAX INCREASE?
No. This is the first renewal of this county-wide millage, lower than the renewal passed in 2015 and lower still than the original 2009 millage of 0.40. It is not an increase in taxes.
HOW IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FUNDED?
An important component of public transportation is voter approved millages which currently represent 36% of Metro’s operating funds. Millage revenues and fare collection are leveraged to receive state and federal grants.
WHAT IS METRO CONNECT?
Metro Connect provides shared ride origin-to-destination service. Services like trips to medical appointments are provided through Metro Connect.
HOW MUCH WILL THE MILLAGE COST A HOMEOWNER?
The cost of the 0.3124 millage request for a homeowner whose home has a taxable value of $100,000 ($200,000 market value) is approximately $31 a year.
HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BENEFIT?
Both the economy and the quality of life for people in the greater Kalamazoo community benefit from reliable transportation. Metro operates seven days a week, providing an important mode of transportation for those who can’t drive, employers and their employees, seniors and students.
WHO GETS TO VOTE?
Voters throughout Kalamazoo County will be eligible to vote in the November 2 election.
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