LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Leander voters chose to keep Capital Metro service in the city.
Voters approved Proposition A, continuing transit services with no changes.
Prop. A passed with 58.5% of the vote.
If Prop. A had failed, then services to Leander would end after the canvassing of votes and Leander would no longer be a Capital Metro member city.
The city was expecting to pay $42.3 million in net financial obligations to the transit authority if voters voted against Prop. A, according to estimates from Capital Metro. Capital Metro would continue receiving its current 1% sales tax from the city until the estimated $42 million is paid.
Immediately following the election, limited bus services would have been offered to residents after Capital Metro services end through a $520,520 contract with Star Shuttle Inc. The seven-month agreement with Star Shuttle Inc. would have included on-demand pickup and commuter bus service.
Proposition B failed, which correlates with the passing of Prop. A. Leander’s vote to stay with Capital Metro makes the Prop. B decision essentially meaningless. Prop. B was a measure allowing the city the opportunity to recapture the 1% sales that Capital Metro currently receives, if Prop. A had failed.
Each CapMetro city’s participation is funded through a 1% sales tax. This is in addition to the state’s 6.25% sales tax and the city of Leander’s 1% general fund sales tax.