The agency said at the time that it would use the additional money to offer Call-A-Ride bus service throughout rural areas of Lucas County and reconfigure fixed-route bus lines in parts of the existing service area.
Sylvania Township -- whose taxpayers, after Toledo's, contribute the second largest share of TARTA levy revenue -- also has discussed pulling out of TARTA and setting up its own transit service. Township trustees in January canceled a March pullout referendum, saying they needed more time to develop an alternative service proposal.
Rossford also is considering departure from TARTA and is studying its options. Both communities have until August to place any pertinent referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Critics in those communities, as well as Perrysburg, have argued that their residents pay too much for too little service and that the transit authority's assignment of full-sized buses to lightly used suburban routes is wasteful. Mr. Gee has countered that the operating and maintenance costs for full-sized buses are comparable to those of mini-buses, and bigger buses are assigned based on the peak expected ridership of any vehicle during its driver's shift.
Merchants throughout the transit district, meanwhile, protested two years ago that a sales-tax increase would push customers to competitors in neighboring, lower-tax counties. Mr. Frey said that was the stumbling block in Maumee two years ago, especially as it pertained to revenue from the Shops at Fallen Timbers.