Maumee to consider opting out of TARTA

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - Another community is considering opting out of TARTA after Perrysburg, Rossford and Sylvania Township have. The city of Maumee met with TARTA officials to learn more about the process.

Maumee City Council's Public Information Committee met Tuesday with TARTA officials.

City leaders said they are not taking any steps at this point. They are just gathering information about what they need to do to opt out of TARTA, as well as gather information about TARTA considering a sales tax instead of an income tax to fund the bus system.

Cities have until November of 2013 to put the question on the ballot. Maumee leaders said they have time to figure out what they want to do.

The committee wants to make sure they have an alternative option in place, just in case voters decide they would like to leave TARTA.

"They felt in a lot of ways that there's not only the general population, but special needs populations that rely on the TARTA service. It would only be responsible to introduce that question with some sort of a plan in mind as to how to replace that," explained John Jezak, Maumee city administrator.

Maumee has not set any dates for a follow-up meeting.

The public information committee has asked Jezak to reach out to other communities that have chosen or are considering opting out of TARTA to gather more information.

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