Voters in Lago Vista will decide in November if the city will remain in the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority service area.
The city said Lago Vista has been a part of Capital Metro since 1984. Cap Metro receives one cent of the sales tax in areas in which it operates, including Lago Vista. It is estimated that Cap Metro would receive $423,720 from Lago Vista in 2017. If voters decide against keeping Cap Metro services in Lago Vista, the city said two other propositions on the ballot will decide how that sales tax revenue would be spent.
Lago Vista added it conducted a ridership study in March and found 1.9 riders from Lago Vista on any portion of the 16 daily round trips on Route 214 between Lago Vista and the Lakeline Park and Ride Station. Of the 131 trips monitored over the two-week period, 58 had either zero or one passenger.
“After careful consideration, [the Capital Metro Citizens Study Committee] recommended to the City Council to put the issue on the November ballot so that citizens could decide whether to continue Cap Metro’s transit service,” Mayor Dale Mitchell said.
Proposition 1 for the City of Lago Vist will read: "Shall the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority be continued in the City of Lago Vista?”
- A vote FOR Prop. 1 means Cap Metro will continue service in Lago Vista, and Cap Metro will continue to receive the one cent sales tax.
- A vote AGAINST Prop. 1 means Cap Metro will cease bus operations in Lago Vista. The city will still owe Cap Metro money until its Net Financial Obligation is met, and then Lago Vista can use the one cent sales tax on voter-approved projects.
If voters decide the city should withdraw from Cap Metro, Prop. 2 would allow voters to dedicate half of the Capital Metro sales tax to street maintenance and repair. If approved, Prop. 3 would dedicate the other half of the one cent sales tax to “support a Type B Community Development Corporation.” The city said this corporation would “provide local programs, offer local services, and engage in other activities that promote and support community development.”
GO HERE for additional information on the three propositions from the City of Lago Vista.
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