S.O.R.T.A. BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON JULY 25 TO MAKE DECISION ON HAMILTON COUNTY SALES TAX LEVY

At a special meeting on July 25 at 9 a.m., the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) will decide whether or not to request a Hamilton County sales tax on this November’s ballot and, if so, at what level.

As a regional transit authority, SORTA is able to place a sales tax initiative on the ballot by submitting the request to the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The deadline for the Nov. 6, 2018 election is Aug. 8.

State law allows a regional transit authority like SORTA to request sales tax in increments of 0.10% or 0.25% (not to exceed 1.5%). SORTA has been considering sales tax options between 0.5% and 1.0%.

SORTA currently receives local funding from the City of Cincinnati’s earnings tax.

SORTA would no longer receive the City earnings tax if a sales tax is approved.

The sales tax would fund the Reinventing Metro plan, which was developed with extensive community input over the past three years.

The Reinventing Metro plan includes:
• New bus routes, designed to connect people to jobs in Hamilton County
• More frequent service, more weekend service, more early/late service
• 24-hour service on six major corridors
• New crosstown routes, small-bus circulator service, new transit centers
• Access service expansion consistent with expanding routes for people with disabilities
• Bus Rapid Transit

SORTA operates Metro and Access non-profit, tax-funded public transit services, providing about 14 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.
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