Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Effort intensifies to pass transit tax

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Supporters of a proposed 0.25 percent sales tax increase for public transportation in Butler County have stepped up their campaign efforts less than a week before voters will mark their ballots.

        Billboard signs supporting the higher sales tax are going up, fliers are being mailed and press conferences have been scheduled.

        By generating about $8 million a year, the sales tax increase proposal on next Tuesday'sspecial-election ballot would preserve transportation services that have been added in the past year.

        Last year, the transit authority added fixed routes in Hamilton, Middletown, Fairfield and Oxford. The agency also initiated the dial-a-ride program, which provides on-demand curb-to-curb service anytime, anywhere in the county for $2 a ride.

        Besides maintaining current services, the sales tax boost also would allow services to expand over the next five years.

        New bus routes would run to communities such as Millville, New Miami, Trenton and West Chester and Liberty townships. The elderly and disabled could ride for free on fixed routes.

        But voter rejection of the sales tax increase would cause deep cutbacks, said Amy Terango, the transit authority's general manager.

        The dial-a-ride program would be the first to go. By the end of this year, all the fixed routes would be gone, with the transit authority providing services on a contract basis only.


DEA asks maker to curb Oxy
Star rider will be Derby spectator
Shirey offers his defense to councilwoman
Time could be on Shirey's side
Police chief backs officers who fired beanbags
RADEL: Walking to work
SAMPLES: Jail flap
CROWLEY: Kentucky politics
Badge 174 takes place on wall of fame
Boone touts achievements
Cincinnati CAN: 'Willingness to shake things up'
Diversion urged to prevent jail crowding
- Effort intensifies to pass transit tax
Ethics panel to check wedding work
Fatal shooting leads to charges
Grand jury gets child murder case
Lawmakers labor over budget issues
Ludlow mayor stepping down
Mason planners seek public input
NKU professor issues apology
Port Authority wants public input
Residents: New jail? Not here
Rev. Rhee seeks path of healing
Sands Montessori may move to Evanston
Students learn first hand about homeless
Warning to precede grand jury result
Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report