TARTA proposes plan to drop property tax in Lucas County

TARTA proposes plan to drop property tax in Lucas County
(Source: This is  a 10-year contract with two five-year extensions.)

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - To keep TARTA buses rolling into the future, city leaders say something has to change.

"We expect a half cent sales tax to generate about $30 million," said Jim Gee, General Manager of TARTA. "Two thirds of that will come to TARTA to fund county wide expansion of TARPs and call a ride and service for second shift and third shift employees."

A new sales tax will go on the ballot in Lucas County from 7.25 percent to 7.75 percent. For every $10 spent, the sales tax would roughly be 78 cents.

"And then a third of that would go back to the member communities," Gee said. "$10 million dollars to be used for road repairs, street repairs."

County commissioners support the plan.

"Communities have lost money for road repair," said Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Lucas County Commissioner. "So TARTA has the ability to not only fix this property tax inequity but also to help us have dollar available for road repair."

A Michigan resident but Toledo native says he bought his car in Toledo and doesn't think the increase will hurt local businesses.

"It would make sense sales tax versus property tax," said Tom Roemer. "Put the earnest on sales tax."

He also said TARTA increasing its service is a good thing for the growth of downtown.

"TARTA plays a very important role," said Roemer. "I mean there are a lot of people that use TARTA for their transportation

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