Minnesota Senate Votes For Funding for Metro Transit
The Minnesota Senate voted to enact a slight property tax increase--$9 a year--to ensure Metro Transit buses are able to continue full service.
According to the Pioneer Press:
The bill, passed on a 47-18 vote, would bar any fare increases or service reductions before July 1, 2010. After that, the Met Council could raise fares or cut routes only if it had levied the maximum property tax allowed under the bill.
Combined with other Senate legislation, the plan also allows the Metropolitan Council to shift funds away from the Livable Communities Act.
The Minnesota House will vote today or tomorrow (Friday or Saturday) on a bill that includes funding to also prevent fare increases and service cuts. The Governor has not yet committed to funding for the transit system that would prevent service cuts and fare increases.