The ongoing dispute between Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority about the use of the city’s transit fund is still dragging on.
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls spoke during a special Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.
"Members of the committee may remember that we passed a one-month budget for SORTA a number weeks ago," Qualls said. "This is another one month budget for the period of February."
The city argues the fund can be used for any transit purpose.
Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday to fund the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority for just one month in the new year. The action is part of the continuing battle between the city and SORTA about the use of the city’s transit fund. Cincinnati argues it can be used for any transit related activity. But the agency says it’s only for Metro bus operations. SORTA has a lawsuit pending on the issue. A Council Member asked City Solicitor John Curp why administrators are proposing a one-month funding ordinance.
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is moving ahead with the process to apply for an $11 million federal grant to help build the Cincinnati Streetcar system. A cooperative agreement will govern how the two agencies spend the federal money during the streetcar project. But the SORTA Board has approved language in a document the city does not want included.