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Referendum requirement imposed on transit bill

Referendum requirement imposed on transit bill

By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel

Madison — Milwaukee County voters would have to sign off on raising the sales tax for a regional transit authority under a measure the Assembly adopted early Wednesday.

Proponents of creating the regional authority have called for increasing the sales tax by up to 0.5% to help pay for buses. They said a referendum wasn’t needed because Milwaukee County voters recommended increasing the sales tax in 2008 for parks, transit and public safety in an advisory referendum.

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