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2014-05-07

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May 7, 2014 - 9:01pm

AATA plans service expansion after transit tax passes

BY STEPHANIE SHENOUDA

With the results of yesterday's special election all tallied up, the transit millage passed with 71 percent in favor of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's proposal. The final vote count was 13,949 to 5,783.

The proposal passed in all of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti counties, and all but two counties in Ypsilanti township.

The proposal — which was voted on in a special election yesterday in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township — involved a $700,000 millage, which the AATA would reportedly use to provide the continuation of increased services in those communities, including more night and weekend routes, increased services for the elderly and disabled and more routes within the city of Ypsilanti itself.

The referendum would cost about $33 per year for residents whose homes are valued at about $100,000.

Those in opposition to the proposed increase argue that there are means of funding these new improvements without increasing taxes, including capitalizing on redundancies within the AATA budget.

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