Cincinnati Metro passed on a 2018 levy. Here's what might happen next

A subdued Cincinnati Metro board took a tongue-lashing Wednesday morning, the day after the board announced it will not go for a countywide sales-tax levy this fall.

“This is unacceptable,” said Better Bus Coalition President Cam Hardy, who has been pushing for a levy for more than a year.

“I’m so angry, I’m just going to keep my comments very brief,” Hardy said, before telling the board he is tired of their “pie-in-the-sky” speeches that are not followed by any action.

Hardy told board members they might as well delete their mission statement, which envisions 20 million rides a year by 2021. And he called bull on board chair Kreg Keesee’s promise to go for a levy in May 2019.

In 2017, the board said it would go for a levy in 2018, Hardy noted. At Wednesday's meeting, it was pushed to 2019.

“I don’t believe for a minute you’re going to the ballot in May,” Hardy said. “Why should I?”