2020 Millage FAQ
Who is the Clinton Transit System?
Clinton Transit began as a system of volunteer drivers transporting elderly and disabled members of the community. Today, our curb-to-curb system continues to keep people connected regardless of challenges, disabilities and situation. Our mission is to keep people connected by providing safe and accessible transportation to all those who may need it in Clinton County.
What is the Clinton Transit System (Blue Bus) Millage?
In the Proposal section of the August 4 election ballot, voters are being asked to renew the current .1996 mil Clinton Transit System Millage passed in 2008, and increase it by another half mil to improve and update public transit services.
How will the millage funding be spent?
Millage funding will help us expand Blue Bus services, provide competitive wages and benefits to our drivers, improve our website, upgrade technology and more.
How will this funding support the fight against COVID-19?
We have been fortunate to remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Millage funding has allowed us to sanitize buses, install shields on board, provide fare-free rides and deliver groceries to the doorsteps of those in need. Clinton Transit’s COVID-19 response has included:
- Delivering 217 boxes of food (and counting!) on behalf of Beacon of Hope
- Sending 1,500 meals to seniors on behalf of the Clinton County Meals on Wheels
- Delivering 96 meals in just two weeks to Clinton County residents in need on behalf of the First Congregational Church of St. John’s Soup Kitchen
- Temporarily suspending fares to alleviate financial strain on our riders during these difficult times. (Our average fare is around $2.)
How much will this cost me?
The total millage will cost no more than $2.38 per month per $100,000 of property value. If you have owned your property for quite a while, and it has risen faster than the 3% increase cap on property tax, you will pay less than $2.38 per $100,000 of market value.
Why is this on the ballot now?
The small millage of .1996 mills passed in 2008, and it is no longer keeping up with the demand for Blue Bus service and upkeep. Due to the stagnant amount of funding, our operators’ salaries are 36% lower than those who work for surrounding transit systems.
What happens if the proposal fails?
Without local support, we cannot continue to operate. While the Clinton Transit System has been fiscally responsible within the constraints of the 2008 millage, it is not possible to provide our services, meet COVID-19 sanitation standards, provide competitive wages or keep up with current technology without your support.
How will this affect the local economy?
According to the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 invested in public transportation yields $4 in economic returns. Clinton Transit services allow riders to get to work, school, stores, restaurants and recreational activities. Our ridership for 2019 included the following trip purposes:
- 30% Shopping/Errands
- 23% Employment
- 23% School/Training
- 13% Medical
- 11% Recreation
You can vote in person August 4 or get an absentee ballot from your local clerk. Clinton Transit is providing free rides to the polls on Election Day.
“I am legally blind and can no longer drive. I thank God for the Blue Bus being able to take me where I need to go and for the drivers who go the extra mile for me. Everyone is super nice and I am able to get the rides I need.”
– Jim Moody, Dewitt Township
“As a legally blind business owner, Clinton Transit’s commitment to offering the best service possible has tremendously eased the burden of transportation for me. Clinton Transit staff always treat their clients with the utmost respect, and go above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome.”
– LeeAnn Buckingham, President of Framer’s Edge
“I ride the Blue Bus to go to work at Meijer in Dewitt. I am so thankful for the buses because without them I would not be able to get to work. All the drivers and dispatchers are very friendly.”
– Grant Schafer, Westphalia Township
“Because I now have to use a power wheelchair to work, Clinton Transit is my only means to get there. The Blue Bus is a great resource in our community for keeping people connected.”
– Dan George, Dallas Township
Facts About Public Transportation
Eighty-seven percent of trips on public transportation have a direct impact on the local economy.
Seventy-one percent of public transportation flows to the private sector, creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Worldwide, fifty percent of public transportation trips are to and from work, while thirty-seven of trips are to recreation and shopping.
*Statistics courtesy of the American Public Transportation Association