Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

10/13/2015

Agenda Report # 35


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: METRA TIA Budget

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to adopt the resolution authorizing the budget for METRA under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2012.

Background: In July 2012, voters of this city and region, approved a one percent sales tax for transportation projects. Those projects included transit improvements for METRA. In order to establish a budget for these improvements, a consultant team (Connetics Transportation Group) was hired by the City to determine what improvements would be needed. The findings of this study were presented to the Council on August 25, along with a detailed budget showing how the study would be implemented.

Analysis: The study calls for the reworking of existing transit routes in the community, while adding some new ones. Under the provisions of TIA, the funds identified for this project may only be spent on transit related items. The budget proposed requires the purchasing of new buses, fuel and maintenance, amenities (shelters, ADA ramps, etc.) staffing, and consultant fees.

Financial Considerations: The budget for this project is $22.4 million. All of the funding will come from the TIA sales tax initiative. The tax has been collected since 2013 and will expire in 2022. The budget proposed by staff calls for a strategy to utilize these funds that will extend the life of the funding cycle through the year 2028. No additional city funds are proposed for this project.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: Collection of the sales tax for this project is guaranteed through the year 2022. As not all of this funding will be available in a lump sum total, a yearly budget review process will be needed.

Legal Considerations: TIA funding for this project can only be used for transit related items.

Recommendations/ Actions: Adopt the resolution authorizing the budget for METRA under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2012.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF THE METRA BUDGET UNDER THE TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT ACT (TIA) OF 2012.

WHEREAS, on July 31, 2012, the voters of Columbus and the River Valley region voted to approve a one percent sales tax increase for the purpose of funding new transportation projects in this area; and,

WHEREAS, the project "Intercity Express Bus Park and Ride Service" to help improve the transit service in our community, was one of the projects approved by the voters; and,

WHEREAS, a feasibility study has been performed and the budget for implementing this project was presented to Council on August 25, 2015.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the proposed implementation budget of $22,400,000 as mandated by the TIA referendum, be adopted as presented with the following items being funded:


Funding for this program shall come from the TIA funds, and progress on the project shall be reviewed annually as part of the overall City budget review process.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2015 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.



Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor