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Mountain Line Bus Proposes Mill Levy

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For the first time since 1976, the Missoula Urban Transportation District will ask voters to increase the mill levy that funds the city's bus service.

The mill levy increase will raise approximately $1.7 million annually for the Mountain Line, and will cost about $19 per year on a home valued at $100,000.

The tax dollars would allow additional van service for seniors and people with disabilities, extend regular bus service, and increase bus frequency on high-use routes.

"When the community makes an investment in public transportation, they really make an investment in the community -- there's lots of synergy that goes along with that investment," Michael Reed, Mountain Line General Manager, said.

Last year, Mountain Line provided nearly one million bus rides -- an annual ridership record.

The referendum will be placed on the municipal election ballot this fall, scheduled for November 5th.

Below is a schedule of upcoming public workshops on the proposed mill levy.

- Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m., Southgate Mall Community Room

- Wednesday, September 4th, 5:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, 140 West Pine St.

- Tuesday, September 10th at 5 p.m., The University of Montana, University Center Room 330

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