COUNTYWIDE : Testimony Sought on Transit Spending

County transportation officials will conduct a hearing Monday to ask the public how to spend $14 million earmarked for bus services and other public transportation projects.

The meeting, organized by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, begins at 1:30 p.m. in Camarillo City Hall, 601 N. Carmen Drive.

State law requires Ventura County to spend one-quarter cent of each 7 1/4 cents collected in sales tax on transportation projects. This is expected to total $14 million during the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

At the hearing, transportation officials hope to hear from senior citizens, people with disabilities and other residents who depend on public bus services. County transportation officials will decide whether to spend the $14 million to provide some of the additional services requested by the speakers.

If transportation officials determine that all reasonable transit needs are being met, the sales tax money can be used for local road improvements, officials said.

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