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Mass transit levy for bus service on ballot

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — Voters in Parkersburg and Vienna will decide on the renewal of a mass transit levy for bus services through the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority.

The levy, which is for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022, will raise about $2.8 million a year for the operation of the Easy Rider public transportation system in the two cities, with about $2 million for Parkersburg and $800,000 for Vienna.

The transit authority was created in 1975 when the former Park Transit Inc., the privately owned commercial bus company, ceased operations on March 15, 1975, citing, among other reasons, a decline in ridership and revenues, according to the transit authority history.

Eleven days after Park closed, Parkersburg City Council created the Urban Mass Transportation Authority and a five-member governing board. By November, the cities of Parkersburg and Vienna adopted legislation joining and creating the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority.

Opening day of the new Easy Rider system was Dec. 3, 1976.

The election for the levy will be on June 9, primary election day. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the levy for it to pass. The existing levy expires on June 30, 2021. The levy rates per $100 valuation on Class I, II and IV property is $.06248, $.12496 and $.24992, respectively.

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