Passage of county sales tax levy would keep WRTA rolling

By David Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — With the Western Reserve Transit Authority on life support, the approval of a 0.25-percent Mahoning County sa;es tax in November is the difference between making a full recovery and thriving, or quite possibly pulling the plug on its existence, its executive director says.

“It doesn’t look pretty; we don’t know if we can cut much more,” said James Ferraro, WRTA’s head. “We don’t know if we can survive [without the sales tax]. We’ve cut as much as we can.”

If the tax fails in November, the agency’s board will give serious consideration to shutting down, he said.

“We don’t want to close,” but may have no other choice, said Ferraro, adding that the current level of service by WRTA is “almost embarrassing.”

The county sales tax for WRTA was rejected by 57 percent of voters in March.

More than 60 percent of Youngstown voters supported the tax issue that was soundly defeated in the suburbs and rural communities.

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