BATA TAX MILLAGE INCREASE    MAY 2, 2017    

     GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MICHIGAN

           BAY AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (BATA)


          1- BATA MILLAGE IS A 50% PROPERTY TAX  INCREASE

          2- BATA RIDERS HAVE DECREASE IN THE LAST 4 YEARS        

                                HOW MANY BUSES ARE HALF FULL OR LESS?

          3- BATA GIVES 20,000++ FREE RIDES DURING THE CHERRY FESTIVAL 

                   and the TC FILM FESTIVAL

                            MICHAEL MOORE DOES NOT NEED MORE SUBSIDES FROM TAX PAYERS
                            NO MORE FREEBIES--USERS SHOULD PAY

          4- PART OF TAX MILLAGE GOES TO TRAVERSE CITY DOWNTOWN 

                     BUSINESS DDA and 5 OTHER UNELECTED   GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACIES          

          5- SPECIAL ELECTION COST $140,000.00 COST TO TAX PAYERS


              NO-NEW-TAXES

       VOTE NO  ON BATA BUS TAX HIKE


          This TAX INCREASE will be a burden to seniors on fixed incomes

          Each BATA rider cost tax payers $20.00 per ride

          Why does BATA give away 20,000++ FREE rides but want more and more TAX money?   USERS SHOULD PAY $3,551,670.00/ YR , NOT TAX  PAYERS
           FREE Cherry Festival shuttles
           FREE Traverse City Film Festival rides     7AM to Midnight+
            FREE Micro Brew Shuttle
           Fares charged for New Years Eve


          Why did BATA want to have a SPECIAL election at an additional $140,000.00 expense, not in NOV when more people vote?  THIS IS A WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS

          Why does BATA want $3,551,670.00/ YR more money when they have declining number of riders?   Why has BATA riders continued to DECREASE?
           ROUTE 14 AVERAGES 42 RIDERS PER DAY
           ROUTE 11 AVERAGES 24 RIDERS PER DAY
          ONLY 9% OF TOTAL REVENUE COMES FROM FARES AND ADVERTISING    
           91% REVENUES FROM TAXES

           Total Riders average per day: 1370     NOT 1500

           12 Riders per day per employee          500,000 / 365/  120

            66 Buses    520 total miles per day

           Why doesn't BATA use small, less expensive 5 person vans to  save fuel, road wear and minimize air pollution?

           Too many BATA buses are less than half filled

           Why is BATA competing against private bus, taxis and uber companies with tax dollars?    These private companies PAY TAX

            Why is BATA plus 6 non elected government bureaucracy entities  getting the millage tax?  TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

            How much of $3,551.670.00/YR  goes to "other government entities"?

            Who many "office" people does BATA have and what are the salaries and benefits?   Where is the transparency?

            Why does BATA  charge more for an additional unscheduled rider getting on at the same bus stop?       

             Why should riders have to get off the BATA bus when the arrogant drivers stops to smoke?

              Do commercial locations like casinos pay a fee to BATA?

              How much has BATA spend promoting his millage hike?

              Currant BATA millage expires 12-31-2017, NOT immediately as BATA implies

             Why are BATA staff and drivers campaigning  while working?   AGAINST STATE LAW

             Many POOR Facebook reviews

             Limited transparency of riders, finance, salary, benefits and sharing money with "other" government entities
             Cash Reserves?
             Pensions Funded?
             Total number: Free Rides, Seniors, Disables, Students
             Total fare revenue?
             Total Advertising revenue?
             
             BATA part of UN Grand Vision-Smart Growth Agenda




               
             GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY PROPOSAL  MAY 2, 2017        READ THE BALLOT

          GRAND TRAVERSE PRECINCTS VOTING LOCATIONS



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