A ballot measure to form a Columbia County Rider Transit Service District failed Tuesday night, with 63.7% of voters rejecting permanent funding from property tax revenue for the Columbia County Rider system.

Measure 5-277 would have formed a taxing district to provide permanent funding to the Columbia County Rider public transit system, which serves Astoria, Seaside, Portland, Rainier, St. Helens, Scappoose, Vernonia, Longview and Kelso.

The system is currently 60% grant funded, according to the website, and gives roughly 300 rides per day. Its current budget is $2.57 million, the website said.

The district would have been funded with a permanent levy of $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed value starting in 2021. For the owner of a $200,000 home, that would have been $36 per year. 

That would have resulted in just over $1 million in the first year, and around $1.4 million in its tenth year.

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