Perrysburg eyes lower transit levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 21 December 2012 10:27
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PERRYSBURG - Council's Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities Committee is recommending that the city again pursue a transit levy on the May ballot - but at nearly half the rate sought in November.
HSPU is asking council to place a .8-mill public transportation levy, which would raise approximately $446,000 per year, before voters. A 1.45-mill levy failed in November by fewer than 200 votes, cutting off transit in the city, at least for the time being.
"It seemed like this really made the most sense," said HSPU chair Todd Grayson at Thursday's meeting.
The .8 mills would pay for a service from transit firm Ride Right LLC that would mirror the Call-A-Ride and ADA paratransit service they offered during the early fall months, and adding morning and evening commuter routes.
"We're adding an additional service, and we're adding nice, new vehicles," said Grayson. "This millage will provide what I consider a pretty significant upgrade."
Additionally, because levy funds would not come into the city's coffers until 2014 if the vote is successful, the amount raised would also allow the city to "pay itself back" for transit expenditures in 2013 when and if service begins again.
Perrysburg resident Kevin Rantanen, who had served as the city's representative on the TARTA board, and has been active with the Perrysburg 4 Transit committee which supports public transit in the city, initially expressed concern at the new plan.
"I almost feel like that is going almost way too extreme," he said, concerned about the cuts in spending and service hours. He later agreed with Grayson that the new plan was agreeable.
"I think it's a great starting point," said Grayson.
HSPU member John Kevern was absent from the meeting.
The matter is to be put before council at its next meeting.
 

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