It's time to take action by signing the Petition on the Homepage --- Today
Bus rider-ship increased as a direct result of Option One
of using state fuel taxes in June 2003, thanks to SMART. This is proof that
bus service does not cost too much if State CTF money is utilized. So, please
sign the Petition on the Homepage to get money to move tens of thousands of cars
from the freeways everyday permanently as a Statewide need, in addition to serving each community who
pays into the county transit authority. Or, please challenge.
Too many of Detroit's mass transit
advocate's cling to the false
belief that the passage of local transit tax increases and enabling
new tax mechanisms will automatically ensure a balanced transportation system.
.... It's time to gaurd State CTF funds for both operating and capital costs.
Date: Aug 1, 2018 2:00:00 p.m.
The time to vote on the SMART Millage
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The SMART Millage Vote
The committee to save SMART,
successfully worked to get Proposal S passed on
Aug. 6, 2002 with the following below. This compassion has worked
but is not enough. So, please consider signing the petition.
Voters will decide Aug. 6
whether the SMART transit system will continue to
provide 200,000 rides a week - or shut down within
SMART has been operating with
farebox revenues, state and federal grants and,
since 1995, a .33-mill property tax levy. Costs of
vehicles, fuel, wages health coverage and liability
insurance have continued to rise. Revenue has not
kept pace. state and federal revenue has been
SMART is asking for a .33
mill renewal and a .27 mill increase to keep the
Without the funding, SMART's
funds will be used up in 30 days. The system will
be shut down.
COST TO HOMEOWNERS
Market value of house: $200,000
State Equalized Value: $100,000
Per year cost: $60
Per month cost: $ 5
Per week cost $ 1.15
Per day cost: 16.4 cents
A case where local taxes are not enough
Livonia is a large western suburb of Detroit where
SMART improved bus service by getting
more riders and filling up buses but it was not enough on
November 8, 2005 to keep local funds because transit
officials cannot bring back our
inner cities and save our state by themselves.
"Save the Fuel Tax" wants to help SMART by getting
the state to pay for 24 hour bus service to downtown Detroit
and metro airport, defeating freeway expansions that
deprive mass transit and allowing multiple tax mechansisms
at the same time.
(see Option 1 under Alternatives to new regional and local transit tax increases)