Budget travel

The local bus system is putting the brakes on its costs in order to keep on a steady financial road.
Alex Doty
Dec 3, 2012

 

“Costs have gone up, but we have been able to hold the line on things,” Grand Haven Transportation Director Tom Manderscheid said.

The Harbor Transit Multi-Modal Transportation Authority's budget for fiscal year 2013-14 totals $2,089,614. The fiscal year begins July 1.

“It’s a 1.67 percent increase over last year’s budget," Manderscheid said.

Still, the new budget includes funding for some capital improvements.

“There’s state and federal money in that,” Manderscheid said. “It’s not all being collected by the homeowners.”

In the next fiscal year, Harbor Transit will collect six-tenths of a mill property tax in Harbor Transit service areas. The tax brings in $810,000.

“We approved the same millage rate as last year,” he said.

Bus fares add about 5 percent to the service's revenue, Manderscheid said.

Manderscheid said human resources are the service's highest expenditure.

“Wages make up more than $1 million,” he said. “That money is being spent locally.”

Harbor Transit officials have also identified some capital projects to spend money on in the next fiscal year. Manderscheid said about $150,000 will be spent on an automated dispatch system.

“That is federal and state funded, with an 80/20 split,” he said. “No local money will be spent.”

Manderscheid said they will be adding seven buses and two minivans to the system in the next year.

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