City Council denies bus funding, citing poor management

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 01:26 PM.

No tax estimation

Crestview has not received a state estimation of its share of the increased gas tax, so any funding for bus routes would have to come from dwindling contingency funds.

County Growth Management Director Elliot Kampert said Monday that he received a letter from OCT inviting a Crestview representative to observe board meetings.

Helt reminded Kampert that a condition of the county receiving city funding was city representation on the transit board.

"I was very much a champion for this funding but I did make the stipulation that if we would fund, we would have a voting say on the board," she said. "That was a condition of the funding. I'm hearing that has not been met."

Helt said Crestview residents' tax dollars are "misused because the routes are not what our citizens need, the timing is wrong and the stops are not in the right places. We've been saying this for two years.

"As I sit here today, all these issues are still the same issues. There's not one change to any of it — and now you want a check."

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