Yesterday we promised that today we would name our 2008 anti-tax Enemy of the Treasury. Sadly, we had no problems finding a deserving winner. This individual has been a thorn in our side, opposing all of our noble efforts to raise taxes on every citizen in Southwest Ohio.
For his tireless efforts to oppose higher taxes and limit spending, we award Chris Monzel our 2008 Enemy of the Treasury. He has earned his spot on our Wall of Shame, joining our 2007 Enemy Pat DeWine.
Each year Monzel has led the fight to freeze city property taxes so that homeowners do not receive an automatic tax increase. This move has saved Cincinnati homeowners millions of dollars over the years. They do not deserve this money. City Council could spend this money far better than Cincinnati homeowners ever could.
When ultra pro-tax David Crowley and other liberals on City Council wanted to implement Red Light Cameras to raise money and track our movements, Monzel voted against them and was the only member of City Council to actively campaign against them. This is unacceptable to us, especially after we endorsed these cameras. Even though they don't increase public safety, they're still great. These cameras would have brought more money into city coffers and would have enabled the government to better record our movements around the city.
Just two months ago when the City Manager wanted to install a big trash collection fee to collect more money from city residents and businesses, it was Monzel who stepped up and led the opposition. Now the city can't afford to give millions more to The Freedom Center and the Mayor wasn't able to add another staffer (or another Scottie).
Worst of all, Monzel was the only member of City Council to oppose the big Sales Tax increase generously brought to us by David Pepper, Todd Portune, and Simon Leis. The fact that 60% of the city's voters also opposed it is no excuse. By disobeying instructions from party leaders, Monzel showed that the opinions of the commoners mean more to him than the wishes of party leaders like Bill Seitz and Simon Leis. We were dismayed when Monzel offered commentary on the design of the proposed jail. Just because he is a veteran engineer at GE doesn't mean he knows squat about building things. Besides, we already had the opinions of Tax Hike Seitz and David Pepper, and as we know those two are experts on everything.
As you see, Monzel has built an appalling record of opposing higher taxes and more spending. We expect the Republican Party to do something about this. Defending the taxpayers on 4 big issues in just 14 months is shameful indeed, and well deserving of our 2008 Enemy of the Treasury Award.