Sylvania Township trustees have voted unanimously to allow Lucas County to join as a member of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.
Including the county will make it possible for TARTA to place an issue on the November ballot, replacing two property tax levies with a county-wide, sales tax of 0.5 percent for funding transit operations.
The measure will also include Rossford, which is a TARTA member, but is not in Lucas County.
TARTA had made two previous presentations to the trustees during which there were discussions about the taxing issue and plans for TARTA’s future.
The vote at the most recent trustees’ meeting took place without discussion.
The authority needs the approval of boards or councils of all seven members to admit the county as a member jurisdiction.
Kimberly Dunham, general manager of TARTA, has said that if the issue passes, the additional funds will be used to reinstate recent service cuts, expand services throughout the county and keep
cash available to use as local matching funds for federal grants to purchase new vehicles.
She said it is TARTA’s intention to use vehicles which are the appropriate size for the expected number of passengers, to alter routes so passengers don’t all have to go to downtown Toledo and transfer to reach their destination and to provide direct service to key shopping and employment sites.
TARTA is the only major transit authority n Ohio which uses property taxes for its local tax subsidy.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published Date: June 4, 2020
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