Students to Vote on Fee Increase Next Quarter

Students to Vote on Fee Increase Next Quarter

A proposed $52 raise on fees would fund transportation.

Students will vote on a referendum next quarter that will potentially raise student fees to help resolve the transportation crisis. A.S. Council approved the language for the $52-per-quarter fee increase referendum at their meeting Wednesday night, only a few days after the Graduate Student Association approved the same bill.

A.S. President Andy Buselt told council at its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening that students would be able to vote on the referendum in a special election to be held during Week 8 of Winter Quarter 2014, which is Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2014.

The vote to approve the referendum to go to students passed 20-0-3; Physical Sciences Senator Sierra Donaldson, Marshall Senator Kathleen Maguire and Muir Senator Matt Pavon abstained.

At a Nov. 13 A.S. Council meeting, Revelle Senator Soren Nelson said the results of the Transportation Task Force survey showed student support for a referendum.

“More than 60 percent [of respondents] marked either “support” or “strongly support” [for] a fee referendum, and so that was sort of our go-ahead to continue with the referendum,” Nelson said. “We’re confident that we have a lot of support behind the referendum.”

Additional reporting by Gabriella Fleischman and Allie Kiekhofer.

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    LIsaDec 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The Vote isn’t until week 8. But the bus passes for MTS expire dec 31. What will happen between Week 1 and Week 8 of WInter Quarter is my question.

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      Hannah MontanaDec 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I went to one of the meetings. I believe that the school will be providing new bus stickers in the mean time.

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