City OKs paying half of bus operating costs, demands seat on OCT board

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

Birchett said transportation funding must be applied for through the regional Transportation Planning Organization, which funnels the money to OCT and other transit providers.

City planner Eric Davis, whom council members proposed as Crestview's representative on the OCT board, said that 2013-14 probably will not be the only year Crestview will have to fund county transit.

"I'm afraid every year going forward we're going to be stuck with that choice," Davis said. "But next year it won't just be us. It'll be Fort Walton and Mary Esther as well."

Birchett assured the council that "Okaloosa County Transit values Crestview's business."

"I should hope so," Councilman Mickey Rytman replied. "We're the biggest city in the county."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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