Three Gratiot County communities have formed a public transportation authority and are now looking to pass a millage in the Nov. 3 general election to operate it.
Pine River Township, along with the cities of Ithaca and St. Louis are asking voters to approve a five-year, 0.96-mill levy that would provide funding to become part of the Alma Transit system.
The millage would raise $117,000 a year in Pine River, $72,000 in Ithaca and $51,000 in St. Louis.
Alma has had a similar levy in place for a number of years that funds its Dial-A-Ride bus service.
Currently, St. Louis has a contact that pays Alma Transit $10,000 annually to prove some service to city residents.
Pine River was paying $2,500 a year but that only covered a small portion of the township between Alma and St. Louis.
If the millage passes it would provide the same level of service