Eight years ago I moved my family from another state to Ohio to work for the cty of Sandusky. It wasn’t a popular decision with family and friends, but one that I made for my family’s future. As it turns out, the company I left went bankrupt within a year. The same can be said for the future of Sandusky. We stand at a crossroads. We can choose to encourage and embrace change or we can do nothing and let the city go bankrupt.
There are several tough decisions that need to be made for Sandusky’s future. Four years ago the city commission foresaw the current problems and enacted a “parking tax” on the tourists of Cedar Point. This would have generated nearly $600,000 annually. The new commission voted to rescind this tax on the tourists without one idea for replacing these much needed funds.
Now we have a developer that wants to spend more than $150 million of their own money to bring life back to the City of Sandusky. And once again, we have commissioners that are hesitant. This is an absolute win/win for the people of Sandusky. It will encourage more development; it will bring in more tax dollars and a broader tax base and still provide more waterfront access for the citizens of this city, It gives Sandusky a future. If we do nothing and this development does not go through, there will be a very slim chance of ever getting another developer interested. As it is, there’s really only one now, let’s not scare them away because we’re afraid of change.
We elected the commission to become educated and make the tough decisions for us. If every time a difficult choice is to be made, a public vote is needed, why do we need the commission?