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The City’s tax increase is a difficult sell

Hollie Newton • Mar 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

If a tax increase should go through, just how much money would trickle down to the real needs of our community after allocating funding for the City Hall move and fulfilling downtown’s wish list? 


The town hall meetings turned out the same hand full of citizens that usually attend meetings to talk about various issues rather than attracting a new crowd of people. The city feels it needs to attract a different captive audience such as the parents of school students. Ganging up on the school parents with a possible school levy and a city tax increase campaign is a double whammy. 


I was pleased to hear that the town hall meetings were going to start up again, but the meetings turned out to be a campaign for a tax increase and nothing like the regular coffee meeting conversations that would usually take place. Will the town hall meetings be dropped after the tax campaign is finished and the commissioners will no longer need our attention? 


Citizens think that the city should get specific about where the money should be spent in order for the citizens to pass the tax, but will we be able trust the city to follow through with its promises? The city manager did a survey two years ago to see if the citizens would be receptive to supporting a taxing initiative to provide adequate police/fire services with 80% of the people stating that they would not support such an initiative. Most of the time, designated funding doesn’t work because all of the funds are going to one problem area rather then distribute the funds to all areas that need funding.


The admissions tax was hardly ever mentioned during the tax increase presentation. Two commissioners cannot talk about the subject due to a conflict of interest, so it will be difficult to get the issue on the table. The admissions tax is long overdue, but how does the city approach the subject when Cedar Point presented a $50,000 check to the police department for remodeling its department?


The city has asked the newspaper to help convince the taxpayers about the need for a tax increase. As I recall, the city and some of the community members set out on a campaign to get people to pull their subscriptions, forego placing ads in the paper, and just plain bad mouthed an award winning newspaper for being negative and stating the truth about what was happening at City Hall. After humiliating and discrediting the reporter, the city would like to become best buddies with the newspaper, because it needs to recruit all the marketing and public relations it can possibly muster during the troubled financial times everyone is experiencing.

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