TARTA referendum petitions submitted to Rossford officials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:25
ROSSFORD - A group of citizens seeking to have voters decide whether the city should remain a member of TARTA have taken another step toward getting a referendum on the ballot.
One of the organizers of the drive Robert Densic reported that the group has collected close to 400 signatures. The drive needed 275, or 10 percent of the votes cast in the last election.
The petitions have been submitted to the city.
City Administrator Ed Ciecka says no city action is required. The city simply holds the petitions for 10 days, and then deliver them to the Board of Elections.
The board will then review the signatures to determine their validity. If there are enough valid signatures, Rossford residents will vote on the matter on Nov. 5.
After years of debate, complaint and study involving the regional transportation system, city council voted in June to stick with the system.
At the time City Councilman Mike Scott said that a study showed that Rossford needed some transportation service, but was too small to contract with a private company to provide service as neighboring Perrysburg has done.
When the petition drive was launched, one of the organizers Don Montague claimed that conclusion was faulty, and the city should look into a city service.
Council passed the measure 5-2. Both dissenting councilmen Jerry Syaczek and Chuck Duricek said at the time the issue should be decided by the electorate.

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