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Transit tax on the Nov. 8th ballot in southeast Michigan


Next month, voters in four southeastern counties will decide if they want to pay a new tax to fund a regional public transportation plan.

The 20-year transit millage will generate about $3 billion to pay for expanded bus service and light-rail train connections. The 1.2 mill tax rate would cost the average taxpayer about $120 annually.

Ned Staebler is with ‘Citizens for Connecting our Communities”. He says the campaign is stepping up its efforts in the final weeks before the election.

“You never want to say ‘confident’,” Staebler said, trying to find the right  words to describe the status of the campaign, “’Cautiously optimistic’ I think is probably the right term that I would use.”

Critics say the proposal will cost average home owners in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties thousands of dollars.

Anti-tax groups formed a coalition to oppose the transit millage.

They claim the transit tax would be more expensive than any other regional tax in metro Detroit’s history. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.