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Transit Election Trends: a look back at Election 2013 + ahead to 2014. November 12, 2013 Washington, DC. Today’s Speakers. Jason Jordan , Director, Center for Transportation Excellence Matt Leow , Senior Consultant, M+R Strategic Services
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November 12, 2013
10 Wins – 4 Losses – 1 Pending
71.1% Approval Rate
2000 - 2012
‘Improve Our Tulsa’ Ballot Measure
$919 million capital improvement package
Extends existing 1.1% sales tax and $355 million bond package
$30 million for transit
$24 million for bike / ped
Tulsa County to vote in Spring ‘14
4 Elections in 2013
Kalamazoo County – Property Tax Renewal
Escanaba Township – Property Tax
Wells Township – Property Tax
Schoolcraft County – Property Tax Increase
Wins in Kalamazoo Co., Schoolcraft Co.
Losses in Wells and Escanaba Townships
0.1% Sales tax increase in Grays Harbor County Passes; Restores significant service cuts
0.4% Sales tax established to create the Okanogan County Transit Authority
Lake County approves a dedicated, permanent sales tax set aside (.25%) for LakeTran
Lorain County defeats .04 mill property tax increase for local transit service (41% - 59%)
Perrysburg approves .08 mill, 5-year property tax. Voted in 2012 to leave the regional transit authority. Second measure to fund local service; first (larger) measure defeated. (72% -28%)
Spencer Township votes again on TARTA. Narrowly votes to leave the system. Similar measure defeated in ‘12.
Raleigh, NC approves $75 million bond initiative for transportation projects.
Spotlight remains on Wake County in 2014 with a potential sales tax initiative for transit joining neighboring Orange and Durham Counties.
Property tax increases passes in Missoula for
the Mountain Line.
Nederland, CO passes property tax measure to create Nederland Eco Pass improvement district with free transit service.
Statewide school reform and tax measure fails.
Transit advocates ponder options, including a statewide transportation measure, for 2014.
Statewide $100 million transportation bond package
One of five bond measures approved by voters; won with the largest margin
Operates Mountain Line, Missoula’s community bus service – 12 fixed routes, para-transit service, senior van, vanpool.
Created by voters in 1976. Nov. 2013 was the first time MUTD has placed a mill levy request before voters since then.
New improvements: wi-fi, 3-bike racks, phone app.
Setting ridership records the last several years, nearly 1 million rides.
BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS
ASUM Office of Transportation
American Public Transportation Association
Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula
Community Medical Center
Draught Works Brewery
Missoula Area Central Labor Council
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Community Food Co-op
Missoula County Democrats
Missoula Downtown Association
Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club
Montana Conservation Voters
Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG)
Montana Women Vote
M+R Strategic Services
North-Missoula Community Development Corporation
Opportunity Resources, Inc.
pLAND Land Use Consulting
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Teamsters Local Union No. 2
Western Montana Mental Health Center
John Engen, Mayor
Congressman Pat Williams (ret.)
AsaHohman, President, Associated Students of the University of Montana
Rep. Bryce Bennett
Rep. Jen Gursky
Rep. Ellie Hill
Rep. Nancy Wilson
Rep. Carolyn Squires
Sen. Carol Williams (ret.)
Sen. Sue Malek
Jason Wiener, City Council, Ward 1
Dave Strohmaier, City Council, Ward 1
Cynthia Wolken, City Council, Ward 2
Alex Taft, City Council, Ward 3
Caitlin Copple, City Council, Ward 4
Jordan Hess, City Council candidate
Bryan von Lossberg, City Council candidate
Emily Bentley, City Council candidate
Anne M. Breum D.M.D., P.C
Daniel Kemmis (former Mayor)
“Reward Mountain Line service, support mill levy” – MissoulianEditorial
“Business leaders support Mountain Line mill levy request” -- by Todd Frank (MDA) and Tim Winger (Mall)
“Endorsement: Vote “Yes” on Mountain Line Mill Levy” – Missoula Independent
January 14, 2014
Getting Ready for the Ballot
February 18, 2014
Funding Your Campaign
March 25, 2014
Making Friends for Transit Investment
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