West U Supports Extending METRO General Mobility Program
The West U City Council has approved a resolution supporting a vote “for” extending the METRO General Mobility Program on Nov. 6.
The council’s vote to approve the resolution signified their support for continued funding for the city’s local transportation projects. METRO’s support of the GMP is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2014. View the signed resolution here.
West U receives a direct benefit from the METRO GMP. Continued funding from the GMP is needed for necessary street, road and sidewalk replacement and construction throughout the city.
If the referendum is not passed, West U will have to make up the difference by either cutting expenditures on projects, raising fees or raising taxes to pay for construction and maintenance projects.
There is no tax increase associated with passing this referendum. The referendum is a question to voters regarding how METRO should use the funds it receives from sales taxes, some of which are generated in West U.
By law, GMP funds may be used for city construction and maintenance projects including streets and associated drainage improvements, bridges and grade separations, traffic-control signals, sidewalks and streetlights. Historically, revenue from the GMP has helped to fund large-scale, city-wide projects including:
– the sidewalk improvement and installation program
– the comprehensive street replacement program
– the upgrade to decorative street lights
Additional information about the 2012 general mobility program referendum can be found at http://www.ridemetro.org/AboutUs/Referendum/Default.html.