Rossford to vote in November on staying a TARTA member


Rossford voters will be going to the polls in November to decide if their city should remain a member of the Toledo Area Transit Authority.

Debbie Hazard, Wood County elections director, said it was "way too late" to get the proposal on the May 6 primary ballot.

The Wood County prosecutor's office had advised the Board of Elections that the issue should appear on the May 6 or Nov. 4 ballot. 

A local group, Citizens for Choice, last year collected enough signatures for residents to vote on whether Rossford should remain in TARTA.

The city held them for 10 days for public inspection, as required by law, then forwarded them to the elections board on Aug. 6 for certification.

The elections board board found the number of valid signatures to be more than sufficient, and returned the petitions to the city to be examined before they were returned to the board.

The board, however, did not return the petitions to the city until Aug. 12, and Rossford delivered them back to the board the next day, with instructions that the issue be put on the ballot of the next available general election.

The Wood County Prosecutor's office then had to determine if the issue could go on the ballot this years, given that the initiative was successful.