What Issues Will You Be Voting On?
The AAATA tax proposal passed on Aug. 7 with support from 83% of voters. Click here to check all election results from the Washtenaw County Elections Division.
On Aug. 7, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township voters will weigh in on a ballot proposal for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority: To maintain a tax for expanded public transit services that was originally approved by voters in 2014. Scroll below for a summary of this proposal.
Several other communities and school districts outside of Ann Arbor will have ballot proposals as well. Check out this list on the county elections website for more info.
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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority: Tax Renewal to Maintain Expanded Services
On Aug. 7, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township will be asked to approve a five-year, 0.7-mill "renew and restore" tax. The tax would maintain existing expanded public transit services of The Ride – services that were added after voters OK'd a new tax in 2014. The ballot proposal was authorized by the board of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) at their March 15, 2018 meeting.
For property with a taxable value of $100,000 and a market value of $200,000, an 0.7-mill tax would cost $70 annually.
The proposal describes this as a "renew and restore" tax because it was originally levied in 2014 at 0.7 mills, but has been reduced over the years – because of the state's Headlee Amendment – to 0.6860. (The Headlee Amendment is a 1978 amendment to the Michigan Constitution that automatically "rolls back" tax rates to the rate of inflation. Here's a great series of articles by the Michigan State University Extension's government & public policy group explaining how Headlee works and its impact on local governments.)
Here's exactly what you'll see on the ballot:
ANN ARBOR AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MILLAGE
To maintain the expanded levels of public transit and paratransit services—including services for
seniors and people who have disabilities—shall the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
(TheRide) renew and restore an annual tax of 0.7000 mills ($0.7000 per $1000 of taxable value)
on all taxable property within the City of Ann Arbor, the City of Ypsilanti, and the Charter Township
of Ypsilanti for the years 2019-2023 inclusive? An annual tax of 0.7000 mills was first approved
in 2014. This millage has been reduced to 0.6860 mills under the Headlee Amendment. This
proposal would renew the millage and restore it to the originally approved 0.7000 mill amount.
The estimate of revenue if this millage is approved is $4,849,066 for 2019. This revenue will be
disbursed to TheRide and, as required by law, a portion may be subject to capture by the
downtown development authorities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the Washtenaw County Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority, and the local development finance authority of the Charter Township
In the News: Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage
Ann Arbor-area transit tax renewal passes with 83 percent support – MLive, Aug. 8, 2018
Meanwhile, 35 miles west of Detroit, a transit funding measure faces certain victory – Detroit Metro Times, July 6, 2018
Ann Arbor City Council unanimously supports AAATA transit tax renewal – MLive, July 5, 2018
How Ann Arbor boosted its bus system, as other Michigan cities struggle – Bridge Magazine, June 28, 2018
AAATA approves ballot language for transit tax renewal proposal – MLive, March 15, 2018
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