TARTA (Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority) Information

TARTA Facts:

TARTA Funding Sources:

2007
Passenger Income
5,458,117
20%

Federal Assistance
4,928,261
18%

Property Tax
15,302,228
57%

State Assistance
837,036
3%

Other Revenue
525,027
2%
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$27,050,669 100%

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From the County Auditor:

TARTA Analysis            
               
Sub Division     2006   2007   2008 projected
               
Toledo     8,366,191   8,373,329   10,619,624
               
Maumee     1,038,535   951,089   1,177,901
               
Sylvania     814,976   855,926   1,123,639
               
Sylvania Township   1,790,911   1,751,882   2,299,207
               
Ottawa Hills   324,366   315,992   431,337
               
Waterville     236,970   242,141   324,109
               
Spencer Township   85,314   82,918   106,194
               
               
Wood county            
               
Sub Division              
Perrysburg   1,097,294   997,451   1,341,990
Rossford     316,550   258,495   335,108
Total Estimate   1,413,844   1,255,946   1,677,098
Actual Collection   1,276,582   1,162,086    
TARTA Analysis
Sub Division 2006 2007 2008 projected
Perrysburg 1,097,294.44 997,450.61 1,341,989.67
Rossford 316,549.57 258,495.00 335,107.90
Total Estimate 1,413,844.01 1,255,945.61 1,677,097.57
Actual Collection 1,276,581.63 1,162,086.11
Lucas county rate
7/1/2003 thru 6/30/2005 7.25%
state base was 6%
7/1/2005 thru current yr
6.75% state base is now 5.5%
These are the only tax changes that have
occurred since 2003. If I can be of any further help please let me
know.
Sales Total State Tax Rate County Portion
Jan 1 - Jun 30 Jul 1 - Dec 31 Jan 1 - Jun 30 Jul 1 - Dec 31
2007 72,642,000 6.75% 6.75% 1.25% 1.25%
2006 70,893,000 6.75% 6.75% 1.25% 1.25%
2005 71,312,000 7.25% 6.75% 1.25% 1.25%
2004 69,121,000 7.25% 7.25% 1.25% 1.25%

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Maumee Mirror Article on the proposed sales tax:

From the Mirror: TARTA Sales Tax Proposal Doesn’t Sit Well With Trustees

Springfield Township trustees earlier this month expressed opposition to plans to place a county sales tax on the November ballot to fund the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

Trustees have vehemently opposed the township becoming a member of TARTA.
A transit forum group at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments has discussed plans to add a sales tax to fund TARTA, township administrator Leslie Kohli said at a meeting June 2.

The bus system is currently funded by two property tax levies. A transit financial forum meeting, a subgroup of the transit forum, will meet on Monday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the TMACOG board room to make a recommendation on the sales tax.“The last time we met, TARTA did finally bring to the table a future plan,” Kohli said.

She said the committee is leaning toward funding TARTA with an additional 0.5 percent sales tax in Lucas County rather than property taxes.
“In order to do that, they need all nine members who are currently in TARTA to agree, which they won’t have a problem with because they all agree they would rather have a sales tax than a property tax,” Kohli said.


Kohli said the communities that are not currently served by TARTA, including Springfield Township, would have to agree to put the issue on the ballot, or the county would have to put it on the ballot as a county-wide tax.

Read the rest at:

http://themirrornewspaper.com/pages/news/06_19_08/holland.html

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WSPD audio

Fred and Andy Glenn about the potential sales tax:

Listen Here

Chris on Eye on Toledo talking about the numbers:

Listen Here

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This post was originally posted by Fred:

TARTA Sales Tax Discussed On Fred LeFebvre And The Mornning News Today
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The Maumee Mirror has the story of a plan which would put a county sales tax on the ballot to fund TARTA......Townships which currently do not have service are not in favor of this idea and Andy Glenn of Springfield Township will explain why at 7:30 Thursday.

No votes yet

2007 - 72 Million in sales tax collected in Lucas County.
72 million @ 1.25 %
5.75 Billion sales = 71.8 mill @ 1.25% - 2007
5.75 billion sales = 100.625 mill @ 1.75% ^ .05% sales
.05% increase in sales tax would mean a $28 million increase in receipts.
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TARTA received $12,573,277 in 2007 from Lucas County property taxes.
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TARTA's funding sources:

2007
Passenger Income
5,458,117
20%

Federal Assistance
4,928,261
18%

Property Tax
15,302,228
57%

State Assistance
837,036
3%

Other Revenue
525,027
2%
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$27,050,669
100%

It is stomach-churningly OBSCENE that rider fares only account for 1/5th of TARTA's budget. What a pack of welfare hooligans.

...are against this and would prefer to see TARTA fold or function more like a private business, how will those who are stuck in the 'hood be able to improve their lot in life without public transportation?

You're all against "welfare", presumably, and want those who receive public assistance to "go out and get a job." How exactly are they supposed to get to work?

Phil Caron's constant bitching about how few Perrysburg residents use TARTA misses the point...how many dishwashers at Levis Commons or Cake Decorators at Meijer use TARTA to get to work? Public transportation, along with things like the zoo or COSI provided intangible benefits to the area, despite Mr. Caron's rants to the contrary.

["...are against this and would prefer to see TARTA fold or function more like a private business, how will those who are stuck in the 'hood be able to improve their lot in life without public transportation?"]

If TARTA was able to function more like a private business, they would target the prime areas of need, and concentrate routes to and from there, while reducing the routes to other areas to just a few times a day, resulting in a lean and cost effective system to maximize profit.

["You're all against "welfare", presumably, and want those who receive public assistance to "go out and get a job." How exactly are they supposed to get to work?]

I would expect them to arrange their travel just as I do. Find my own ride to work, be it a car, carpool, bus, bicycle or walking. No one is going to help me get to work and I would not expect them to. We all should be responsible for ourselves.

["Phil Caron's constant bitching about how few Perrysburg residents use TARTA misses the point...how many dishwashers at Levis Commons or Cake Decorators at Meijer use TARTA to get to work? Public transportation, along with things like the zoo or COSI provided intangible benefits to the area, despite Mr. Caron's rants to the contrary."]

While I would agree that it provides an 'intangible' element to the area, it should not be a never ending pit that the tax payers throw money down never to be seen again. Right now, there are busses that drive around the city empty, consuming the 4.50/gallon diesel fuel. Now those are serving a great purpose, huh? The logical course of action would be to reduce the operation to the areas that have the lower amounts of riders, to optimize the value of the product.

...but I don't expect my neighbors to pay for it.

More seriously, two additional points. If one operates on the premise that those who earn more will spend more, than the outlying areas of Lucas County will disproportionally foot the bill for Tarta. I did a quick search tonight and as expected, of the cities/villages in Lucas County, Toledo has the lowest median household income (looking at 2005 numbers). So following this logic, since Sylvania City's median income is almost double Toledo's, the fine residents of Sylvania will spend more, thus incurring more income tax and footing more of the bill for Tarta, while my understanding is that the majority of the ridership is within the city limits (if you have numbers to prove to the contrary, please share)

A second concern was voiced on the radio this week...if the taxes are collected by the county and distributed to Tarta, what guarantees that the black hole won't suck up some of that money to pay for ...let's say an over budget arena?

Good show tonight and thanks for your research on this topic. I happen to live in one of the unserviced areas of the county and can tell you that one, I don't want the service out here and two I don't want to subsidize the city of Toledo's use of the service. I urge the businesses in Lucas County to speak out against this proposal...otherwise they can watch their customers slip easily into the surrounding counties to purchase their goods.

is another rat hole for tax payer dollars. Mass transit can't compete in the 'burbs. Business doesn't want or need to be downtown. People want to live where ther'e's grass, trees and little crime. The days of Dad taking the bus into the city to the office are history.
Thanks Fred and thanks to Chris for the story and the numbers.
And thanks to Brian Wilson, WSPD Program Director, for choosing Chris for Eye on Toledo hosting chores.
JL

I live in a reasonably upscale neighborhood in Sylvania, work downtown, and I take the bus to work every day. There are actually a lot of people from Sylvania who ride on my route.

(Can't speak for any other routes, of course. But the 2 routes I alternate between for commuting are generally full.)

The Podcast is up, so you can also listen to what was talked about.

Go to: http://www.wspd.com and click on the Eye on Toledo Podcast link on the home page. It was the 6/26 show.
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My thoughts:

Don't fall victim to the TARTA hype. TARTA is considering replacing their property taxes with a .05% sales tax. At first glance this does not seem like much, but let's look at the numbers.

In 2007, Lucas County collected 72 million dollars in sales tax. This amount is 1.25% of the 6.75% of the total that is charged in Lucas County of which the county keeps. If you do some reverse math, we find that this amount equals about 5.75 billion dollars in sales. Now that we know the the total sales amount, we can figure out how much they would collect if they had the extra .05%. The number? $100.6 million. This means there would be a $28 million increase in funds with the sales tax, and this is just from Lucas County. TARTA currently only collects 12.5 million dollars from property taxes. So this is an increase of over 100% of taxes from Lucas County. Not such a good deal huh?

A sales tax is a regressive tax. This means that it hits the poor harder than the rich. Can our local politicians who care so much about the poor, support putting it on the ballot and support it throughout the election? Well this is Luca County where socking it to the poor then giving them gas cards is common place. All bets are off, but you can bet we will be paying attention.

Want to know how much money TARTA currently gets from its different funding sources? Take a look at the numbers below:

TARTA's 2007 funding sources:

Passenger Income $5,458,117 or 20%

Federal Assistance $4,928,261 or 18%

Property Tax $15,302,228 or 57%

State Assistance $837,036 or 3%

Other Revenue $525,027 or 2%

For a grand total of:
$27,050,669
100%

"TARTA is considering replacing their property taxes with a .05% sales tax. "

TARTA can 'consider' it all they want, but to do this they have to get the approval of the member entities by way of a resolution requesting to withdraw from TARTA so that a sales tax can be put in place and the County can become the 'member' entity.

Needless to say, for those of us who think we are already paying to much for a service that is not meeting the needs of our community, we're not about to withdraw so that TARTA can soak even more taxpayers while continuing to fail in providing the service that we need.

“In order to do that, they need all nine members who are currently in TARTA to agree, which they won’t have a problem with because they all agree they would rather have a sales tax than a property tax,”

Not sure who is supposed to be speaking in the above quote, but I'm not part of the "they" that supposedly agree, and I'm one of the "they" that they need.

Maumee Mirror article. I redid the link so that it makes more sense. There is a lot more in the article.

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