Municipalities considering and approving transit referendums

West of the I municipalities are considering — and in some cases approving — fall advisory referendums regarding a possible additional tax for mass transit purposes.

On Monday, Twin Lakes was the latest municipality to approve a referendum. Twin Lakes village administrator David Cox said the village was asked to consider such a referendum by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, who is asking all municipalities in her district to consider such a referendum.

Last week, Bristol also passed an advisory transit referendum. Paddock Lake is considering a transit referendum resolution at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Bristol and Twin Lakes referendums will be Nov. 2.

County Supervisor Erin Decker, whose district includes Silver Lake, and parts of Salem and Wheatland was in attendance at the meeting. She had attempted to put a county-wide referendum on the issue on the November ballot, but failed to have her proposal make it out of committee. She said the resolution approved by the Twin Lakes Village Board was identical to her proposal.

The Twin Lakes vote was unanimous for placing the referendum on the ballot.

“I think it should be on the ballot,” village President Howard Skinner said.

Racine County will have a county-wide referendum, Decker said.


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