The MAX Transit millage renewal will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016. We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to MAX Transit and the millage.
What is the MAX Transit Millage Issue on the May 3 Ballot?
The May 3 ballot asks voters in the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township for a renewal of the current millage rate of 0.40 mills over five (5) years to continue funding the local public transit system. The first millage of 0.40 mills was approved by voters in November 2006 and again in 2011. The current millage is scheduled to expire in December 2016.
What Will the Millage Cost Me?
The millage rate of 0.40 mills equals 40 cents for each $1,000 of taxable property value. This means a property with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay about $40 each year for five (5) years if the full tax were levied.
Is This a New or Additional Tax?
No. The millage request is a renewal of the existing millage rate approved by voters in November 2006 and again in November 2011.
Who Uses MAX Transit? Where are They Going?
People from all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds ride MAX Transit. About 11% are students, 5% are seniors, and 35% are persons with disabilities. The remainder are able-bodied adults. Surveys indicate about 44% of all passengers ride the MAX to go to work, and 52% take the bus to shop. So they are either riding the bus to make money, or spend money, both of which stimulate our local economy.
How Many People Use MAX Transit?
Last year, MAX Transit provided nearly 459,777 rides to area residents. In the last five years, ridership has increased by 35%, showing a significant increase in ADA (American Disability Act) & senior ridership.
There are many social, economic, environmental and financial benefits to public transportation. Our community benefits by giving residents a low-cost transportation option for connecting with work, school, family and friends, shopping and recreational activities. To encourage the community to vote, MAX Transit offers free rides on all fixed routes every election day. If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service team at 616-355-1010.