The Rogue Valley Transportation District will ask voters to approve a 73 percent increase in its property tax levy to avoid cutting evening hours and weekend service.
"I hope it isn't a tough sell," said Bill Mansfield, RVTD board member. "We haven't had an increase for many, many decades."
The board recently approved asking voters on Nov. 4 for a five-year levy of 13 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value. RVTD currently levies 17.72 cents per $1,000, or $26.58 per year on a house assessed at $150,000.
If voters approve the increase, the amount levied by RVTD would increase to $46.08 on a $150,000 house, or $19.50 more per year.
In addition to preserving weekend and evening hours, the levy would add an additional route to service in east Medford and would also serve the Rogue Community College's Table Rock Campus in White City.
RVTD is seeking the additional dollars because a three-year federal grant, which paid for expanded evening hours and weekend service, will end in 2015.
— Damian Mann