Most Republicans will support Mr. Bedinghaus on election day, said Rick Bryan, Republican vice mayor of Blue Ash. He said Mr. Bedinghaus took a risk for the community, and now the community should support him.
Mr. Bryan is 100% correct. Bedinghaus did the right thing. Those stadium decisions have paid off handsomely and now Hamilton County is prospering because of them. Bedinghaus deserved re-election for all the good he did.
Tax Hikin' Rick Bryan has governed Blue Ash the same way. Rick was the #1 cheerleader for Blue Ash's huge 25% earnings tax increase. He is using that money to perform functions that are almost as important as building stadiums - building a new park, building a new performing arts center (30 feet away from Sharonville's), the $14 million Rec Center renovation, AND The Big All-Important Golf Course Clubhouse Expansion. Move aside police and fire, those monuments are why we have government!
“I hope this race isn't just a referendum on the stadium,” Mr. Bryan said. “But when you strip the emotion away, if the city had lost the Bengals and the Reds, it would not be as desirable a place to live.”
Absolutely. Because of the Bedinghaus/Neyer/Bryan Stadium Tax, this county is a more desirable place to live. We get to pay higher Sales Taxes to provide our beloved Bengals and Reds with free stadiums. We get to pay another stadium tax for the huge stadium fund deficits these projects have created. We get to benefit from the economic boom these stadiums have given us. We get to love, honor, and respect Bengals Owner Mike Brown every single year, while paying him $10 million/year in operating subsidies.
Rick Bryan is doing for Blue Ash what Bob Bedinghaus did for Hamilton County. We need more of the same. Bryan stood with Bedinghaus because he is just like him. They are two peas in a pod who love higher taxes and bigger monuments. And that's why we love them so much. We hope you love them too. Tax us more!