Jan. 16--CARLISLE -- The first finance meeting of 2014 renewed the county's focus on establishing a funding agreement with Capital Area Transit.
CAT General Manager Bill Jones and Assistant General Manager Tom Young spoke with commissioners Wednesday about rising costs and flat revenues plaguing the system.
Young said under Act 44, CAT is required to match state funding with local contributions at an increase of 5 percent annually until reaching the 15 percent cap.
Due to Harrisburg's ongoing financial woes, the city failed to pay its share, leaving both Cumberland and Dauphin counties resistant to increase 2014 funding levels to cover the gap.
Chief Clerk Lawrence Thomas said Cumberland County, Dauphin County and Harrisburg initially intended to counteract flat revenues with a 2011 agreement to increase annually in accordance with Act 44, but Thomas said, this plan was never signed by all three partners, rendering it useless.
He said without a formal agreement in place, the county will likely maintain CAT's funding at the 2013 level.
"We are willing to do our part," Commissioner Jim Hertzler said. "But not more than our part."
Commissioners expressed concern over Harrisburg's lingering debts owed to CAT from 2011, 2012 and 2013 -- an issue both Jones and Young speculate will be resolved after a December meeting with the city's new mayor, Eric Papenfuse.
Lawrence said commissioners will discuss the issue further at Tuesday's 2 p.m. public meeting.
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