LIMA — In hopes of continuing existing services, The Allen County Regional Transit Authority is proposing a lower sales tax for the November 2018 ballot.
During the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce news conference Monday, Sheila Haney, Executive Director of the RTA, announced that her agency will request a sales tax as low as 0.10 percent for the November ballot, as opposed to the 0.25-percent sales tax that failed in November of 2017.
In 2017 approximately 400,000 people road the RTA, according to Haney. Of those 400,000 people, 15 hearing impaired students utilize the services to get to school in Findlay. Others used the services to get to work and school.
Since the tax failed, weekend and evenings services are no longer available to the public, which Haney said has affected third shift employees, the disabled and the elderly.
“To see numbers like 400,000 in a community this size is really overwhelming and makes you realize what you do for the community, but unfortunately, it dosen’t seem like we can get that message out,” said Haney.
If the newly proposed sales tax passes, it will generate approximately $1.5 million and will help provide the funds needed to continue the current bus routes, but no extra services.
However, if the levee fails the company’s biggest operating fund will run out and the services will eventually come to an end, according to Haney.
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