File photo of a RAPID bus.
WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Rapids' Inter Urban Transit Partnership has six cities connecting to The Rapid bus system. But there is a new ballot proposal that could allow the city to leave the partnership.
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Ben Reisterer says Walker residents are paying tax increases to the partnership but aren't seeing upgrades for all the money. He says the citizens have constantly voted down a tax increase, that's why he got enough signatures to put a petition on the ballot to leave the partnership.
Instead he wants to create a contract directly with the city.
Reisterer says the proposed contract will save tax payers money and local officials will be making decisions for the residents in Walker, instead of a board not elected by Walker residents, which is currently in place.
Under the current plan, by 2014 a Walker homeowner will pay $73 on a $100,000 home, an increase of $9 from a few years ago.
Barbara Holt, Walker's Mayor Pro-tem says Reisterer's plan won't be cost effective because pulling money from the general fund to pay for a bus contract is too expensive. Plus she says it won't support the current routes the city has in place. She says it could force Walker to lose the bus system all together.
Holt says having the partnership means more options for residents to travel to neighboring communities. Ultimately, voters will have the final say come November.