Benjamin prefers to use the $618,000 as match money to get more federal transportation funds to buy electric buses. Electric buses use less fuel and cost less to maintain, which would reduce annual expenses, he has said.
As with the city's decision Tuesday, Richland County Council wants the audit, an interim director and for work to continue of restructuring the CMRTA board, chairman Paul Livingston said.
Councilman Bill Malinowski was the only "no," on a voice vote, after he argued the issue was not properly before council. Members Joyce Dickerson and Gwendolyn Davis Kennedy were absent because they are at a National Association of Counties meeting, the chairman said.
Staff writer Dawn Hinshaw contributed to this article.