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Missoula Urban Transportation District mill levy

During the past two years, Mountain Line has consistently broken ridership records. Last year alone, it provided 943,809 lifts to locals. For the first time since 1976, the Missoula Urban Transportation District is asking taxpayers to help Mountain Line grow.

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  • Chad Harder
  • Missoula Urban Transportation District mill levy

Specifically, Mountain Line is requesting $1.7 million annually—roughly $19.11 in taxes for a $100,000 home—to extend bus service into the late evening hours and to fill demand on busy routes. The levy would also provide much-needed van service to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Mountain Line helps keep cars off the road and, in doing so, curbs the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a warming climate. The service also provides a vital link to low-income people who can’t afford a vehicle, enabling them to connect with the broader Missoula community. We think a “yes” vote is a no-brainer for such an important local service.

Endorsement: Vote “Yes” to Mountain Line Mill Levy


Election Day Basics

This year’s elections are being conducted by mail. The Missoula County Election’s Office will send ballots to voters starting Monday, Oct. 21.

To best ensure that your vote is tallied, post your ballot a few days before the election. Ballots can also be dropped off through Election Day—Tuesday, Nov. 5—at the Missoula County Courthouse or at the Missoula County Fairgrounds Elections Office.

Voter registration is open now through 8 p.m. on Election Day at the Missoula Fairgrounds Elections Office.

Check to see if you’re registered to vote and check your ballot at the Office of Elections website, www.co.missoula.mt.us/election.

The printed version of this story misspelled the name of Mark McLaverty. It was corrected here before the story posted. The Indy regrets the error.

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