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Meridian Township, Potterville voters face ballot measures

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Meridian Township has two ballot measures before the voters this Aug. 6, including one that could boost service for its convenient Redi-Ride public transit service and a large bond measure to raise money for new streets and improved infrastructure.

The street bond would allow the township to borrow up to $35.25 million for street construction and improvement projects, paid for with a 10-year levy of 1.9428 mills, or just under $300 a year for a property with a value of $150,000.

Redi-Ride provides curb-to-curb service for Meridian Township residents, connecting them either to local places or fixed bus routes for rides into the city. The Capital Area Transportation Authority operates fixed routes that roam the township, but for this door-to-door service, the township has a separate funding stream its asking voters to renew of 0.2 mills, or $30 for a house valued at $150,000.

Deputy Township Manager Derek Perry said the renewal could allow the township to increase its fleet from four to five minibuses to provide the service. Riders schedule their pickups in advance and share the minibus with other riders.

The service is in addition to CATA’s paratransit pickups for people with disabilities. Redi-Ride helps disabled people get around, too, but is not restricted to those riders.

Potterville schools want funding renewed

In Eaton County, just one jurisdiction votes on Aug. 6 — the Potterville School District, which is asking voters to renew an 18-mill levy for 10 years to provide operational funding for public education, from 2020 through 2029.

The measure will affect property owners in Potterville, Benton Township and Windsor Township in the southwest corner of the Lansing metro area.

The renewal levy is expected to generate about $700,000 a year. The tax collected from this renewal would be $2,700 for a home with a taxable value of $150,000.

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