The Town Hall meeting scheduled for this evening has been canceled.
There are no plans currently to reschedule the meeting, Sandusky city commission clerk Kelly Kresser said, but residents will be updated if the forum is rescheduled.
The basic message is revenues are down due to the elimination of the estate tax and the cuts by Governor Kasich to funds to local governments.
Sandusky has already significantly cut the number of city employees over the last decade and any further reductions will severely impact safety and quality of life issues.
There are 2 ways to increase revenues. The city income tax at 1% is lower than many other Ohio cities. The admission tax has stood at 3% since it's inception and is quite low compared to other tourist destination cities.
I favor raising the admission tax to 8%. How many times have we paved the roads leading into Cedar Point, while our neighborhood streets have deteriorated?
Raise the admission tax and restore our streets to better condition and maintain our safety services at present levels.
Like^ I will take a .25% income tax IF they raise admissions tax.
Most of the main roads are completely dry. Think they jumped the gun.
No income tax increases. Residents, for the most part, are at LEAST as strapped as the city itself seems to be. I agree that the admissions tax could be raised, though certainly not all the way to 8% -- that's a heck of a jump! Maybe raising it to 5% or 6% would be both palatable to Cedar Point AND enough to make a difference!
Meanwhile, ladydye_5, you're right. The weather offers no reason whatsoever to cancel the Town Hall. In fact, it's SO insufficient as an excuse that I have to wonder if that isn't exactly what it is!
The other two meetings were attended primarily by City employees. So, using the weather as an excuse, cancel meeting.