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TARTA's Finance Committee Approves Reducing Taxes If Sales Tax Funding is Approved by Voters in November

Property Tax To Be Rolled Back By .25 Mill in 2011 And
Sales Tax Effective Date Postponed By Three Months

Toledo, Ohio ‑ The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s Finance Committee this morning unanimously approved an approach that would reduce the community’s 2011 tax burden, if TARTA’s sales tax proposal is approved by voters in November.

“TARTA’s Board listened to its member community’s elected representatives as well as studied the transit organization’s operating budget,” said James K. Gee, TARTA’s General Manager. “By decreasing the amount of property tax being levied in 2011 and postponing the beginning of the sales tax by three months, TARTA is reducing the tax burden on residents within its service area and ensuring TARTA has sufficient funding to operate during 2011.”

The new taxing approach involves two steps. Property taxes for 2010, which will be collected in 2011, will be rolled back by .25 mills for the entire year. Passage of the sales tax proposal will eliminate any further property taxes after 2011. TARTA currently has 2.5 mills of property tax.

Additionally, if voters approve the proposed half-percent sales tax, TARTA’s trustees agreed to put off the implementation of that tax from April 1, 2011, the date it would normally begin, to July 1, 2011. State law only permits changing a sales tax rate on the first day of a calendar quarter.

However, it will be mid-October before TARTA will start to receive sales-tax funding, under this approach.

“This new approach along with the elimination of property taxes at the end of 2011 both will result in a savings to taxpayers,” Gee said.

In order to get the sales tax proposal on the November ballot, all of TARTA’s member communities in Lucas and Wood counties must agree. To date, two member communities, Ottawa Hills and Spencer Township, have agreed along with the Lucas County Commissioners. Lucas County will become a member of TARTA, bringing the entire county within TARTA’s service area, provided the issue passes in November.

Sylvania Township’s trustees voted two-to-one against the proposal on June 1.

TARTA has until late July to gain the remaining approvals as well as seek reconsideration by the Sylvania Township Trustees.

According to Gee: “This action will result in less funding available in 2011, pushing back full implementation of service changes planned as a result of the proposal. We will initiate expanded service in September, but at a reduced rate, since we will not begin to receive the full amount of sales tax funds until mid-October.”

Gee further explained service expansion will proceed on an orderly basis and promised to make public a list of expansion priorities as soon as the full financial effect of today’s cuts is estimated.

TARTA provides fixed-line service in metropolitan areas, Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service for the mobility challenged, Call-A-Ride service in suburban areas and shuttles to Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye sporting events.


The Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service is a comparable, complementary paratransit service for riders covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was established in 1989 and is operated by TARTA. TARPS is a schedule-in-advance service using special vehicles designed solely for riders with special needs. It provides service throughout the TARTA service area in Lucas and Wood counties.


The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority was formed in 1971 and is a political subdivision under Ohio law, similar to a park district or a school district. TARTA carries more than four million passengers annually and provides interconnected, regional service to seven communities in Lucas County – Toledo, Maumee, Waterville, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania and Spencer and Sylvania townships ‑ and two Wood County communities – Perrysburg and Rossford.

TARTA can be contacted by calling 419-243-RIDE (7433) or visiting its Web site,