- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - The head of Detroit’s suburban bus system says it won’t be able to operate after next year unless voters give it a property tax increase.

The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation is called SMART and runs buses serving Detroit’s suburbs. Detroit has a separate public transit system.

The Macomb Daily (https://bit.ly/1peAnHp ) reports that SMART General Manager John Hertel warned the Macomb County Commission his system will have to shut unless voters approve the tax increase in August. SMART now gets 0.59 mills and seeks an increase to 1 mill.

A mill is $1 dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. Michigan assesses property at half its estimated value, so a $1 mill tax would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $100 a year.

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Online:

https://www.smartbus.org

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Information from: The Macomb Daily, https://www.macombdaily.com

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