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Rossford residents won’t get to vote on TARTA

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ROSSFORD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The future of TARTA in Rossford is still unclear, but one thing is for sure: Voters will not be able to voice their opinion on the issue this November.

"I'm disappointed," said Pat Carson, a Rossford resident. "I signed the petition to put it up for a vote."

Nearly 400 people signed the petition to get the TARTA issue on the November ballot, but according to the board of elections, the petition was not filed and certified in time to be valid.

Some residents say keeping TARTA services in Rossford is a waste of money.

"It's not a deal for Rossford, by any means," said Councilman Chuck Duricek. "We believe the citizens of Rossford could be better served by a private company."

Duricek says Rossford could use a service similar to Perrysburg's, because not enough people use TARTA.

"It's not utilized by anyone in Rossford," he said. "We have a lot of people that transit through Rossford."

Not everyone agrees with him.

"If they're coming into town to work, they're putting money into the city, so I think they would be wrong if they tried to get rid of [TARTA]," said Jim Mazur.

The legislation allowing communities to opt out of TARTA expires this December. It is currently unknown if people will be able to vote on the issue next year.

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