|Petition effort would put TARTA on Rossford ballot|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:37|
ROSSFORD -Â A petition to let residents weigh in on whether Rossford will remain a member of TARTA is circulating.
The petition would override City Council's June 24 5-2 vote to keep the city as a member of the regional transportation system.
Donald Montague, one of the organizers of the petition drive, is confident the petition will receive the 275 signatures (10 percent of the votes cast in the last election) it needs to get on the ballot.
"I'm confident we'll have nearly twice as many as we are required to have," he said by telephone Tuesday. "That's our goal. We're pretty close to being there already."
The deadline for the petition to be submitted to the Wood County Board of Elections is Aug. 7.
Montague said at this point the campaign is only saying that voters should have the final say on TARTA.
When the city joined the system it was by citywide vote, and when levies are passed it is through elections, Montague said. The decision on the city's status within TARTA should also be decided by a citywide vote.
The campaign on whether the city should exit TARTA or remain a member will begin he said once it has been determined that the petition drive was successful.
"I think it will be spirited," he said, of the debate.
Montague said he believes Rossford would be better served by taking the route Perrysburg did. They severed ties with TARTA and then contracted with a private company to provide some transportation services.
Rossford city council members did a study and determined that because Rossford was a much smaller community that approach would not work.
Montague contends the study "is full of holes," and that have a city service is an option.
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