YES! SAVE OUR BUSES
Vote for Jefferson Transit
Thank you voters!
With 53.36% of the ballots in, these are the results on the evening of 2/8/2011:
Yes..... 6.443 votes 55.95%
No...... 5,073 votes 44.05%
Q: What is the Transit Ballot Measure?
A: A proposal to add 3/10ths of a cent to the sales tax in Jefferson County to support transit services.
Q: When do we vote?
A: The ballots were mailed on January 19, 2011. They are due back postmarked by February 8, 2011, 5:00 PM. There are several places to drop off your ballot: 1. Drop box behind the County Courthouse in PT; 2. Auditor's Office, Courthouse in PT; 3. Drop box at the Jefferson County Library.
Q: What will this cost me?
A: Approval of this proposition adds 30 cents to a $100.00 purchase. One latte for every thousand dollars. And remember, sales taxes apply not just to local residents. Transit makes us more able to serve tourists and other visitors, and in turn and their purchases help support that system. Everyone benefits.
(no tax on groceries or prescription drugs.)
Q: How will the money be used?
A: This will close a budget gap of $300,000 in 2011, provide protection against anticipated fuel cost increases, enable the system to establish prudent reserves, and ensure sufficient resources for local shares of major capital grants. Present services will be preserved and the system will have flexibility to consider service changes when appropriate, such as coordinating with ferry services to Seattle and other east Sound destinations.
Q: Can't we just raise the fares?
A: Like all public transit services, ours receives only a small portion of its revenues through the fare box (~7% of budget). And fares were already increased recently. Care must be taken to ensure that fares are kept affordable and that they do not drive away more customers than the increased fare revenue would produce. Our fares are comparable to those in neighboring counties.
Q: Why not cut costs?
A: Costs have already been cut. Non-contract employees have had wages frozen for two years now, and mandatory non-paid furloughs have increased savings from this source. The new union contract just completed contains zero increase in wages for the next year and only one percent the year after. Service contracts and other expenses have been eliminated or reduced as much as possible.
Q: What happens if this doesn't pass?
A: Without increased revenues the system will have to eliminate all Sunday service, including both fixed route and Dial-A-Ride. Frequency of service will have to be cut by an average of more than 20%. Acquisition of new buses scheduled for 2012 will have to be deferred or cancelled, foregoing an 80% federal grant, while the existing fleet continues to age to and beyond its anticipate life. And workforce reductions will be essential; at least four and as many as six people will lose their jobs.
Get Out The Vote Calling:
Where: 181 Quincy St, Port Townsend
When: Sat, Feb 5, 12 noon- 4:00 pm
What: Bring your charged up cell phone and charger
Who: People who care about Transit!
This is the bus that Jefferson Transit will get if we can pass Prop 1.
They have a grant to get 4 of these. And they need to replace their older buses.
Low Floor Bus Overall Length 30'
Turning Radius 29'
Seating Max 28
Overall Height 115"
Overall Width 102"
Front Step Height 15"
Wheel Chair Ramp Size 31" x 47.5"
Front Door Size 40" x 80"
Rear Door Size 34" x 80"
Q: Who uses Transit?
A: Jefferson Transit provides over 350,000 rides each year, and usage is growing.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: Spread the word- tell your friends & coworkers.
Jefferson County Residents for Transit
1044 Water St., # 365
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Tim Caldwell- Campaign manager 301-1737