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The Rapid’s board unanimously approves decision to a millage renewal on November 2017 ballot

Voters asked to continue public transportation service for the next 12 years.

The Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”) board voted unanimously Wednesday to ask voters in Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming to put a millage renewal proposal on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot that would continue local funding for the public transportation system for the next 12 years.

There is no additional cost to taxpayers for a renewal. If approved at its current rate of 1.47 mills, The Rapid’s 12-year funding proposal would mean the owner of a $100,000 home with a taxable value of $50,000 would continue to pay roughly $73.50 per year in their local property tax to support public transportation.

The Rapid averages nearly 1 million rides every month and provides approximately 12 million rides annually.

Registered voters who live within the boundaries of the six communities served by The Rapid can vote on the millage renewal at their precinct on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Voters can also obtain an absentee ballot from the local government office where they are registered. The deadline to apply to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

After the Nov. 4 deadline, voters may submit an absent voter ballot in person at their local clerk's office up until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. No absentee voter ballots will be supplied through a telephone request. They must be requested in writing. An absentee voter ballot application is available at: