Jefferson Parish voters on Saturday renewed two millages funding public transportation in the parish.
A 2-mill tax for operations and maintenance for Jefferson Transit, or JeT, was renewed by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, with 19,295 voting for and 14,754 voting against.
A 1-mill tax to fund its services for people with disabilities was renewed by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin, with 21,178 voting for and 13,031 voting against.
The transit system, which served 2 million riders in 2016, consists of 41 buses serving six routes in East Jefferson and seven routes in West Jefferson.
Both are 10-year renewals, with the Jefferson Transit millage projected to generate $6.8 million a year and the millage for the disabled $3.4 million per year.
The 2 mills provide 52 percent of the funding for the transit system and allow it to secure federal grants that make up the rest of its budget. Jefferson Transit has a $16 million budget this year.
The 1-mill tax pays for 87 percent of the expenses of the Mobility Impaired Transportation System, which provides curb-to-curb service for disabled residents — more than 70,000 riders last year. The MITS system includes 17 specialized vehicles in a fleet that is being transitioned from gas-powered to propane-powered, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The MITS system has a $3.3 million budget this year.