Our Request to KCMO: Move Transit Funding Closer to Goal in Next Budget
Posted by Transit Action Network on November 16, 2012
In late 2010, Transit Action Network initiated and led a campaign to restore transit funding from the Public Mass Transportation Fund (1/2-cent city transportation sales tax). We were successful in getting Ordinance 100951 passed. The Ordinance increases the share of revenue going to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority back to the 95% level it received before voter approval of the 3/8-cent transit sales tax in 2003. Full implementation to 95% is due in the budget for FY 2014-2015, beginning May 2014.
In 2010, KCATA was receiving only 74% of the ½ cent sales tax. The ordinance has three years to be fully implemented. From 74% to 95% is a 21% increase. Over the three years of implementation, that would be 7% per year if increased in equal amounts.
One year has passed and KCATA currently receives only 4% more than in the pre-100951 budget. The city is working on the second budget (FY 2013-2014) and we would like to see KCATA receive closer to 88% of the Total Available Resources. That would be 14% higher than when the ordinance was enacted and would represent a more consistent phased increase.
We recently sent a letter to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager asking for the upcoming budget to move significantly closer to the May 2014 goal, in conformance with Ordinance 100951. (2012 Letter and copy of Ordinance to Mayor and Council)
KCATA Share of the Public Mass Transportation Fund
Graph based on Public Mass Transportation Fund budget page for FY 2012-2013
Percentage equals Pass Through Payments1 times 100 divided by Total Available Resources.