Township boards decide: No mass transit referendum will be on November ballot
After the Westfield Washington Township and the Carmel Clay Township boards met individually today, the decision was made to not add a mass transit referendum to the ballot in November . This referendum would have allowed voters to decide whether to support a tax increase for a mass transit system in central Indiana.
The Westfield Washington Township board voted this morning to put the referendum on the November ballot. However, this evening, the Carmel Clay Township board decided to delay its vote on the referendum until next year.
Money from the potential tax increase following a successful referendum would fund the Red Line, a rapid-transit bus route that would extend from Greenwood and Indianapolis through Carmel and all the way to Westfield. Indianapolis has already voted to include the referendum on its Nov. 8 ballot.
The $198 million Red Line project is part of a $1.2 billion regional transit plan known as Indy Connect.
This story will be updated.