Will the City Hall move be well on its way to becoming a reality?

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Jul 22, 2014
The city manager has been initiated into the wonderful world of Sandusky politics while attending his first commission meeting. The manager was asked to use his mediation skills to negotiate a tax increase agreement between big business and the residents.
 
The residents seem to always be sitting on the sidelines waiting for their fair share of the money to go into their projects instead of always going into the downtown area. The commissioners seem to have no problem meeting with the business people, but the only time the commissioners will meet with the 
residents is when they have a tax increase to promote. 
 
A lot of political posturing is going on trying to sell some kind of tax increase to the citizens. It doesn’t seem right to pass a tax increase without some indication of where the money will be going. Without the designation of funds in writing, the citizens will be writing out a blank check to the city to spend the 
money at its discretion.
 
By passing the tax, the city’s dream of moving City Hall will no doubt become a reality. Between moving City Hall and putting out for wages and benefits, will the residents see any of the new revenue being directed to their needs? Wasting money on moving City Hall is the big elephant in the room when it comes to making the decision to give the city more money to spend. 
 
It is no secret that the city would like to move City Hall, but the city needs the citizen’s help in pushing forward a tax increase so the project can move forward. It will be unforgivable if the commissioners try to deceive the public about how poor the city is and then turn around and relocate City Hall after the tax 
increase is passed. 
 
The city continues to blame the state for the short fall of the budget, but I think the city needs to look at how it spends the money. Despite the condition of the city’s budget, the union and the non-union employees were granted a raise for the next three years knowing full well it didn’t have the money to make good on the three year deal. Now, the citizens are being asked to make good on the bounced check by passing a tax increase. 
 
Granting a tax increase to the city so it can move City Hall is not my idea of where I would like the additional tax increase to be spent. It is not on my agenda to write a blank check to the city without knowing what the game plan is for spending the money.

Comments

The Bizness

I really don't understand how you think all the money is being spent down town. Over last year I can't think of one major project Downtown other than taking down the Keller buidling, just private investment.

Erie County Resident

Hey Biz it sure isn't going out to the citizens asked to foot the bill.
Have you driven down the bomb fields they call streets or looked at all the dead trees along the road?
The city sure isn't putting any money back into the neighborhoods that are being asked to cough up even more tax money. So just where do you think the tax funds are going besides downtown?
While I'm at it why doesn't the city just increase the admissions tax to 8% like it should be and the citizens won't have to make up the difference the tourist should be paying for.

The Bizness

Most of our roads are pretty decent compared to other cities

T. A. Schwanger

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Buzness

You need to get out more.

Erie County Resident

Hey Biz you have to get closer to the street than sitting in your driveway.
The streets in Sandusky are horrible. If you'd actually leave your house if you even live in this state you'd know this.

The Bizness

I drive all around our town and area.

There are some rough streets but I think our city as done a decent job patching them up after the tough winter.

By the way I am neither for or against moving city hall, and the point of my original post was asking what is are all these projects Sharon speaks about that happen downtown?

sugar

Where is that tax dollar going?

Retiredfirefighter

It sure isnt going to the police or fire departments. Of all the services that need the money those two are the most important. The house fire on shelby street on the fire chiefs first day is a perfect example. Station 7 was closed and Station 1 and 3 had to handle it, but at that same exact time they had an accident to deal with in front of the state patrol post. They responded to that fire with only 5 guys until other units went in service. At the same time the police were getting calls and they had calls backed up because they were re directing traffic. I will be very unhappy if the tax levy passes and they move the city hall. Then the city commission will have proven a point. That they can not be trusted with anything they say.

sugar

Maybe the retired firefighters and police officers not fit for the big stuff should be made to return to the force to handle all those other calls. What a win for taxpayers!

Retiredfirefighter

I dont always agree with sharon, but on this subject she hits the nail on the head. If the levy passes and they move city hall it will prove one thing. The city commision can not be trusted with anything they say.

doppleganger

You can't trust them anyway. Whether they sneak in a City Hall move or not.

SamAdams

Seriously, who here REALLY needs to pass a levy and see City Hall moved to know we can't trust the City Commission? If you trust them NOW, you've not been paying attention. If you'll trust them AFTER a levy just because they don't move City Hall (at least not right away), you've clearly learned nothing from past mistakes.

There's no need for an income tax increase. An increase in the admissions tax combined with some fiscal responsibility and limitations on what "extras" the City offers its residents will solve every LEGITIMATE problem we've got.

YoMamma

The same city commission that told SCS they would not put a tax levy on the ballot if the school was going ahead with a bond issue. Trust those guys? I don't think so. Now we will have 3 potential tax increases on the ballot once old Doc Holiday puts his mental health one on!!!

twosenseworth

Somebody had to be first to announce their November intentions. May as well be the City. Good luck with this one.

reader

The city's dire financial outlook called for a quick response. Without additional revenue the city would have been forced to cut deeper....a permanently closed fire station, more neglected road and tree maintenance.