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BATA Millage Proposal Forum Answers Many Questions

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“A lot of people don’t understand, I even didn’t fully understand until I got here tonight,” said Larry Wright.

Questions were finally answered Thursday night regarding the BATA millage.

The Bay Area Transportation Authority is asking Grand Traverse and Leelanau County residents to pass a proposal that would increase BATA’s millage rate to .5 mill.

BATA provides nearly 1,500 rides a day and has seen a six percent increase in ridership.

It will cost people who own a $200,000 home about $16 more annually.

Thursday night, the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse area held a public forum to help clarify the millage.

Many agreed that BATA provides a service that both counties can benefit from.

“I think it’s a much needed service in the area,” said Wright. “I happen to use it, I’m visually impaired, and I rely on it to get to work, to do my shopping, to do about everything I do but it’s also I think just a great service overall for the area, I really support it. Even if I wasn’t a rider I would support it.”

The vote for the new millage will be on May 2.  You can look at the millage .