Survey Results Show Support for Emmet Transit Program


Emmet Transit SurveyResults from a recent survey of Emmet County voters show that they would like a chance to vote on a public transportation system.

The survey, conducted by CS Research & Consulting on behalf of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and Emmet County, received a 71 percent response rate of a random sample of 1,100 voters who voted in the August primary, with a plus/minus 3.29 percent margin of error.

"The main purpose of the survey is whether people in Emmet County want this issue to go to a vote, and the answer is a resounding yes," said Rachel Smolinski, executive director of the Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources. She helped implement the survey for the county.

Out of the responses that expressed an opinion regarding a ballot proposal, 78 percent said they would like to see a vote on a public transportation system.

Respondents were also asked if they were willing to support the transportation system through an increase in property taxes, with 66 percent stating a willingness to pay at an amount ranging from more than $5 a month to less than $1 a month. About 34 percent were not willing to pay.

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