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To: State of Ohio public officials serving the people of Lake County, Ohio

Statewide operating assistance to all transit systems has been cut from $44 million in 2000 to $14 million in the State 2010-2011 budget.

Laketrans State assistance has decreased by 44\%, while ridership has increased 30\%.

In 2000, State funding for Laketran was $1.1 million in State; today it is less than $650,000.

Laketran has been forced to raise fares and reduce service to balance their budgets in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Local sales tax pays for 70 percent of Laketrans operating costs funding from the State of Ohio covers less than 5\%.

Of Laketrans $13 million annual operating budget, $9 million is dedicated to the provision of services to senior and citizens with disabilities.

Senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, students, commuters and transit dependent populations depend on public transit on a daily basis to access employment, education, medical care, shopping and recreation. Public transit means opportunity, choice and independence.

We, the residents of Lake County, Ohio, petition that State legislators support additional funding for Laketran and public transportation agencies across the State of Ohio. We request that operating assistance be allocated from State grants to reinstate funding levels prior to 2000 when there was a more equitable funding partnership between local, state and federal agencies for public transportation.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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