Transit millage placed on ballot

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

Niles residents will be asked to consider a millage renewal on the August primary ballot for the operation of the city’s Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART).

The city council unanimously approved placing the renewal on the ballot at Monday’s regular meeting. Councilmembers Gretchen Bertschy and Scott Clark absent.

The city is asking for a two-year renewal of a half mill levied on city properties.

Ric Huff, city administrator, said a person with a property that would sell for $100,000 would pay approximately $25 annually.

If approved, the millage would generate a little more than $97,000 a year for DART, which has been serving the greater Niles area since 1974.

Juan Ganum, community development director, said DART’s total revenue is around $654,000 for 2014, meaning the millage would account for about 13 percent of its total budget.

A division of the city, DART is funded by federal and state grants, a transit millage and passenger fares.

Also Monday, the city received a petition from a representative from Massimo’s Pizza in Niles contained more than 400 signatures from people in support of the restaurant’s Saturday night concerts.

The petition is in response to a citizen complaint about noise created during the concerts.