DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin is jumping into the fund dispute that has stymied the Regional Transportation Authority board.
Expressing concerns raised by suburban officials, Cronin is questioning why the CTA has been the nearly sole beneficiary of RTA's "discretionary" funds at the expense of Metra and Pace.
The RTA board has been locked in a stalemate since Sept. 14 over the allocation of about $6 million in 2013 discretionary funds.
Chicago members of the board are rejecting efforts to share the amount with Metra and Pace and want the CTA to get the entire amount.
Although he credits CTA President Forrest Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for their efforts to stabilize the CTA's budget and operations, Cronin is ripping the CTA's "historical financial mismanagement" and questions the RTA's support to the CTA.
The RTA support "seems to have only prolonged needed reforms at the CTA and allowed costly workforce benefits to continue unabated," Cronin writes to RTA Chairman John Gates Jr., in a letter.
Cronin also is asking that surplus sales tax revenue, which is generated from the entire six-county area, be distributed equitably and not funneled to "just one jurisdiction or service board," meaning the CTA.
In his letter, Cronin also calls for a full accounting of the RTA's discretionary money, up to $200 million this year alone.
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