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File #: R-353-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 7/2/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/20/2021 Final action: 7/20/2021
Title: Approving the inclusion of Lucas County as a member of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority without time limit; and declaring an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Lucas County Resolution, 2. TARTA Resolution
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Title
Approving the inclusion of Lucas County as a member of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority without time limit; and declaring an emergency.

Summary
WHEREAS, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) exists as a political subdivision under the laws of the State of Ohio and is operated in the following jurisdictions (Member Communities): the City of Toledo, the City of Maumee, the City of Sylvania, the City of Rossford, the Village of Ottawa Hills, the City of Waterville and the Township of Sylvania; and

WHEREAS, TARTA provides transit services within the areas of the Member Communities which are within portions of Lucas and Wood County, Ohio; and

WHEREAS, TARTA currently derives funding from two ad valorem property taxes (one 1.0 mill levy and one 1.5 mill levy) for a total of 2.5 mills paid by the property owners within the area of TARTA; and

WHEREAS, several other Regional Transit Authorities in Ohio utilize a sales and use tax to fund operations, which funding system is viewed as a preferable method of funding because it is paid by nonresidents as well as residents; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Lucas County Commissioners established a community task force comprised of a broad cross section of leaders throughout the region to assess the state of public transportation in and around Lucas County; and

WHEREAS, in August of 2019 the final report of the task force, entitled Community Task Force: Public Transportation in Northwest Ohio, was issued and it recommended that Lucas County should be invited to become a member of TARTA and that a 0.5% sales tax levy be proposed to replace the inefficient property taxes; and

WHEREAS, a sales and use tax funding system requires the addition of Lucas County as one of TARTA's Member Communities; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of TARTA has approved a resolution directing its Chief Executive Officer to develop a plan for a new organizational ...

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