Cast your car-free vote.
Once again I’ve gone and done things slowly.
Most of you dutiful citizens have already gone to the polls, but I don’t want to pass up this opportunity to plug some important car-free measures on the ballot this year. Here’s a summary, broken down by state:
In San Francisco County, voters will decide whether to add $10 to their vehicle registration fee in order to raise $5 million annually, some of which would be put toward improving transit and upgrading walking and biking routes.
Hillsborough County voters will decide whether to raise the sales tax by a penny. Seventy-five percent of the revenue would be used to increase bus service in the Tampa area and pay for a new light rail system. In Polk County, a proposed half-cent sales tax would generate an estimated $32 million to fund a countywide public bus system.
Clayton County, Georgia, where a nonbinding referendum is on the ballot to authorize a penny sales tax to revive the county’s bus service, which was lost this spring due to budget cuts.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, voters will decide whether to pay more in property tax to fund improvements to the bus system.
Voters in Austin are deciding on an innovative $90 million transportation bond measure that would, among other things, fund a several-mile gap in a hiking and biking trail. Austin voters will also consider Proposition 1 to authorize the city to borrow money for road, bike and rail projects.
Voters in Bellingham will decide whether to raise the sales tax by up to 0.2 percent to generate $3.8 million annually for street repaving, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and extra bus service.
Some voters in Kenosha County will consider a new tax to help fund a commuter rail line extension.
For more info, take a look at Ballotpedia, and if you haven’t already, getcher butt out there and vote!