EMTA stalemate continues; Dahlkemper vetos County Council’s vote to withdraw

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The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority debate continues.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper vetoed County Council’s decision to withdraw its charter from the EMTA.

Dahlkemper’s veto comes after Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott announced the city would take sole possession of the EMTA during a press conference on June 30.

County Council voted unanimously to withdraw funding from the authority on June 28, however, Dahlkemper never signed off on it.

The county withdrew its charter and funding of $360,000 after wanting more control and to regionalize the authority.

The EMTA board voted 5-2 to accept the county’s withdrawal on July 5.

County Councilman Jay Breneman said the city needs to explain its plans for the EMTA.

“With or without the veto, there still is the question of what is the city going to do?” Breneman said. “They have to be answerable to the region as far as what their plans are and they have to be answerable to their own taxpayers.”

County Council has 30 days to respond to Dahlkemper’s veto and Breneman said it may take the entire time period to do so.

County Council voted 7-0 to withdraw, and a majority of the board said unless something changes and the city of Erie is willing to negotiate, their vote will stand. 

The current charter ends Sept. 14 

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