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Swapping One Tax for Another to Fund Bus Improvements

Cincinnati area voters might get a chance to decide the future of transit funding in the city of Cincinnati and the county of Hamilton.
August 13, 2019, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A City Council committee on Tuesday laid the groundwork for what could become the Tri-State's first boost in bus service funding in more than four decades," reports Pat LaFleur.

The somewhat complicated matter requires the end of one funding source (an earning's tax) to make a room for a new one (a sales tax). The change will require approval from voters.

Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld introduced the legislation in a committee this week, describing the proposal as necessary to 'dramatically improve our bus system and infrastructure.'

"Current discussions among city, county and transit leaders indicate an increase in the county's sales tax would fund bus operations, bus capital costs and road and bridge infrastructure improvements that would benefit Metro's routes throughout the county," reports LaFleur.

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Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in WCPO
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