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Election 2012: Michigan, Colorado ballots on transit, road funding
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Transit funding will be addressed next month by voters in communities in Michigan and Colorado. Certain Colorado ballots will also include a question to benefit road and bridge work.

Voters in one western Michigan town will decide whether they want out of the area’s transit service program. Ballots in the city of Walker, located near Grand Rapids, will ask voters about the continued participation in The Rapid transit system.

Property owners in the town now pay a 1.41 mill rate to support the program. If voters agree next month to end their association with the six-city program, they would still be on the hook to contribute to the program until 2018. They approved a six-year millage renewal a year ago.

Critics of the ballot measure say that the bus system is a crucial to economic growth and quality of life in the region.

One Colorado county’s ballot will include a question on whether to extend funding for regional transportation projects. Voters in El Paso County will decide on a road and bridge improvement tax that has been in place for eight years.

If approved, collection of the sales tax to benefit the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority would be extended through 2024. A list of about 150 projects that would benefit is included on the ballot.

Also located in El Paso County, ballots in the city of Calhan will include a sales tax question. Voters in the Colorado Springs area community will decide whether to increase the tax rate by 1 percent for street and road maintenance.

The tax increase is expected to raise about $50,000 a year.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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