Missoula voters to decide on bus levy increase


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula voters will decide if they want to foot the bill for a $1.7 million levy to expand and maintain Mountain Line bus services. Mountain Line hasn't asked for a mill levy increase since it began in 1976.

The money would allow Mountain Line to offer more vehicles on the road, and specialized transportation for seniors and the disabled. Mountain Line would also expand bus service during evenings, and popular routes would be extended to roughly 10:00 pm from roughly 8:00 pm.

If the levy passes, a property owner with a $100,000 house will see their property taxes increase by roughly $20 annually.

Supporters of the levy say its passing would encourage bus ridership and help reduce pollution, though opponents have said they don't want to see their property taxes increase, especially if they are on a fixed income and don't ride the bus.

Ballots for the election went out on October 21, and ballots are due back on or before November 5.