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RTA prepares for possible service cuts

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Tuesday, the board approved a motion addressing what will happen if they have to make cuts to their services. Tuesday, the board approved a motion addressing what will happen if they have to make cuts to their services.
Haney says the sales tax will generate 4.2 million dollars, which will allow them to not only keep the services they have right now, but to expand on needs that they see around the region. Haney says the sales tax will generate 4.2 million dollars, which will allow them to not only keep the services they have right now, but to expand on needs that they see around the region.

The Allen County Regional Transit Authority has been operating on a bank loan for 2017 and is hoping for the passage of a sales tax levy on the November Ballot which will put them back in the black. The RTA board, while optimistic that voters will approve a quarter percent sales tax increase for 10 years, has to be prepared if they do not.

Tuesday, the board approved a motion addressing what will happen if they have to make cuts to their services. The need for the sales tax, is that the RTA lost federal funding that allowed for Saturday and evening services of routes. So, these will be the first things cut if the levy fails, and could be followed by additional cuts, which in turn will lead to more federal funding cuts.

"Unfortunately the problem is our largest federal grant that we receive, our 5307 for operational, is formulated by mileage and ridership and as we cut and have less ridership and less mileage then that grant will be cut in the future so it just creates a domino effect," explained Sheila Haney, RTA Allen County Executive Director.

Haney says the sales tax will generate 4.2 million dollars, which will allow them to not only keep the services they have right now, but to expand on needs that they see around the region.

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