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'New' really means 'renew' for Metro Transit


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo voters will decide a Metro Transit millage renewal at the polls on Tuesday. Officials are concerned that voters need extra explanation about the measure, which appears amid Kalamazoo's lengthiest ballot ever.

Transit Board Chair Carol Fricke tells WKZO the millage is a renewal, even though the ballot will indicate the question is new.

"This does not necessarily include any service enhancements or increases because we simply don't have the money," Fricke said. "This would keep our service levels where they are right now."

Fricke said even those who do not ride Metro Transit vehicles have a stake it its success.

"People on the bus are either going to spend money or make money. It's an economic driver for our community," she said.

A 'yes' vote on Tuesday would approve a six-tenths of a mill renewal for three years for Metro Transit.

Hear the full Fricke interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here. Also, hear full coverage of election results starting at 7pm Tuesday on AM 590, FM 96.5 WKZO and by clicking the yellow "listen live" button on the main page at WKZO.com.