SMART millage to appear on the ballot in August


(source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, better known as SMART, shared some good news yesterday.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved placing the SMART millage question before voters on the August 5, 2014 primary election. Oakland's county commission board was the last of the tri-county region needed to approve the ballot initiative.

"We re pleased that each of the County Commissions is giving their constituents the opportunity to vote in August,” John C. Hertel, general manager, said in a statement. “SMART provides an important service to the region by helping tens of thousands of people everyday get to work, school, medical appointments and shopping.”

The proposal is a 1.0 mill, a bump of .41 mills. Not sure what the hell that means? According to Transportation Riders United, a home valued at $100,000 would pay an estimated $50 annually, if the millage is approved. That would be a tax-hike of about $25 to $35 from current levels. 

The bus system services about 40,000 riders daily, with more than 230 fixed-route buses operating seven days a week. The millage would generate close to $100 million over five years, if approved.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.