Public transportation levy passes in Perrysburg


 Perrysburg City voters today passed a five-year, 0.8-mill transit levy that will bring back public transportation to the community.

The levy is a little more than half the amount of a levy that was voted down in November. It will generate about $450,000 per year, and would cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $50 a year.

The levy passed with 71.91 percent of the vote in the 16 Perrysburg precincts. 

Last month, Perrysburg City Council decided to go with Ride Right, a dial-in ride service, for its public transportation services if the levy passed. Ride Right was used from Sept. 22 to Nov. 27 last year after the city's services with TARTA ended. Perrysburg Administrator Bridgette Kabat said the city has already worked with Ride Right to get up and running as soon as possible.

She said it could possibly be running sooner, but it should take about 60 days for Ride Right to get drivers and organize to begin operations.