Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Everything You Wanted To Know About STA Sales Tax Reauthorization

May is almost here, which means that, if you live within Spokane Transit Authority's Public Transportation Benefit Area, you will soon be voting on a reauthorization of the three-tenths of one percent sales tax that voters approved in 2004.

Many people I have talked with recently don't seem to know much about the reauthorization though. So here's your primer. Check out the reauthorization update, the official ballot language, frequently asked questions, and a public information flyer about the sales tax measure then let us know your thoughts on the subject. Do you plan to vote for or against it? Does the fact that the measure no longer includes a sunset clause bother you? Are you willing to risk service cuts and vote 'no' on it?

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.