Stuck without a ride, Perrysburg voters campaign for transit levy

Perrysburg has been without public transportation since November, after residents voted down a levy to retain Ride Right service. A new transportation levy is now on the May 7th ballot, prompting a grassroots effort to obtain neighborhood support.

About 18 Perrysburg residents from the Go Perrysburg Committee canvassed door-to-door on Saturday, seeking to restore dial-a-ride service from Ride Right. Among them was Gil Lutz, a 78-year-old who relies not only on public transit to get around, but also assistance from his seeing-eye dog, Satchel.

â??I used it (Ride Right) for everything here in the community, all of my shopping and things like that,â?? said Lutz. An original founder of the Ride Right service, Lutz rode the dial-a-ride service six to eight times each week. He continued, â??Now that itâ??s gone away Iâ??m basically like a grounded kid, I canâ??t go anywhere.â??

The five-year, .8-mil levy would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about four dollars per month. Residents could call to schedule a ride Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6p.m. The tax-payers burden will be eased with a one dollar cost to ride.

Proponents of the levy argue that senior citizens and those with disabilities would benefit most, but so would children who are too young to drive.

Canvasser Kevin Rantanen, who used to sit on city council, said, â??There are really a lot of people in Perrysburg who rely on transportation, and now that we no longer have TARTA, itâ??s extremely important that this passes in May.â??

Until May 7th, Perrysburg residents will be asked to consider the levy, as those who rely most on public transportation remain stranded at the bus stop.