Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder how much money TARTA is spending to run quarter-page ads in the Blade day after day after day? There are many businesses that cannot afford print ads anymore. Seriously, does the public have a right to know who's paying/how much to promote their tax request?
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Maybe they have a trade-off? I think I have seen several busses with Toledo Blade ads on them...
viola - TARTA is a public agency so all you have to do is make a request for the public records you want to see, including the bills from The Blade and/or the checks written to pay for them.
I would suspect that Tarta is at least partially government funded and may be required to spread the funding around.
Personally, I think advertizing in the Newspaper doesn't make much sense. It's just like putting an ad in the paper by the trash pick up people stating the trash pick up schedule every week.
I stand corrected. See this wiki site. TARTA is privately owned.
This site says the tax payers paid for TARTA.
TARTA is not a government entity, but overseen by a board. Because they get public funding and levy dollars, they are subject to Ohio's public record laws. If you want to know about their expenditures, all you have to do is ask them. They have to provide the information.
Maggie; Any relation to Dick? An Officer in the Ohio National Guard.
The basic problem is that anyone who gets a subsidy really doesn't care about fiscal conservatism. TARTA's subsidy should be removed immediately and it should be forced to experience real economics.