Lorain County Transit Issue 11
The Board of Directors of Lorain County Community Action Agency voted unanimously to endorse Issue 11, a proposal that would bring additional funds to public transportation in the county. “Transportation is a huge problem for low income people in our community,” said LCCAA Board President Ron Nabakowski. “This issue would restore funding to our public transit system and allow county officials to bring in more state and federal dollars to help more people.”
The countywide issue is a 0.065-mill property tax levy expected to generate approximately $400,000. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would be approximately $2.28 a year. However, the average home value in Lorain County is closer to $70,000, Nabakowski said. What once was a countywide system has been the victim of budget cuts in recent years. Lorain County transit now consists of two fixed routes in Elyria and Lorain as well as a limited on-demand service available by appointment. Officials say that is not enough to serve the community and that without additional dollars, the county is missing opportunities to serve its residents.
County administrators estimate they have given up more than $5 million in state and federal grants because they could not provide local matching funds. For LCCAA, the endorsement was an easy call. “This goes directly to the heart of our mission,” Nabakowski said. “With improved transportation, the people LCCAA serves will have better access to jobs, health care, education and so much more. If you don’t have a car in Lorain County, you are very, very limited. That needs to change.”
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