The Orange County Board of Commissioners will vote in May, one week after the primary election, whether to put a half-cent transit tax on the ballot for voters to decide. The transit tax is a critical component of our region's long-term transit and growth plans, and it's time for Orange County voters to join Durham County and vote for expanded transit service to ensure a more sustainable Orange County in the future.
Orange County today announced that two public hearings on the transit tax and overall transit plan will be held in April. The hearings are designed to elicit feedback from members of the public on how the County should approach transit in the coming years. They will be part of regularly-scheduled meetings of the County Board of Commissioners, and will have two general parts.
First, a presentation will be given to detail various elements of the plan: the legislative issues involved in issuing the tax, the partnership with Durham County, the revenues, the expenditures, the timeline, etc. Second, members of the public will have the chance to speak on the plan by making comments, offering suggestions or posing questions.
The first hearing will be held in Hillsborough on April 3 at the Social Services in Hillsborough Commons. The second hearing will be at the on April 17 in Chapel Hill at the Southern Human Services. Be sure to come out and urge the commissioners to support transit and put the tax on the ballot this Fall!
The Orange County Board of Commissioners again considered transit earlier this evening at its biweekly meeting. After a litany of other agenda items, county planning director Craig Benedict outlined a timeline for placing the transit tax on the ballot
. At the remaining work session and regular meeting in March, the commissioners will presented with information on the cost sharing for the regional transit program and agree to some conception of it. In April, the town will hold two public meetings and draft the official transit plan for the country.
A few years ago, did you imagine you would find yourself wondering whether the Orange County Board of Commissioners supported basic progressive causes like enhanced public transit and smart land use planning?
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14 Point People's Agenda for North Carolina
Health Care for All.
ought to provide its people with health insurance and prescription
drugs, while funding public health programs to treat social diseases
that plague Black and poor communities including HIV/AIDS, diseases
caused by environmental pollution and warming, drugs, domestic violence,
mental illness, diabetes, and obesity.
Lift Every HBCU.
must financially support our Historically Black Colleges and
Universities to develop equitable infrastructure and programs with
doctoral-level leadership for today's challenges.
Provide Affordable Housing and Stop Consumer Abuse.
must provide an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for low-income renters,
vouchers for wounded veterans who can not find accessible housing,
meaningful tax breaks for seniors forced out of their homes, and
protection against predatory lending and foreclosures.
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