Dear fellow tax hikers, we are delighted to endorse Commissioner Greg Hartmann's property tax increase on the homeowners of Hamilton County. Tax Hike Hartmann knows that we need higher taxes to give more money to the Bengals and Reds. Sadly, Tax Hike Hartmann lacks a second vote for his excellent tax increase. We call on all of you to get busy advocating for more taxes.
When the voters of Hamilton County approved the Stadium Sales Tax increase in 1996, they were promised that 30% of these Sales Tax revenues would be refunded to homeowners in the form of a Property Tax Rollback (PTR). Through 2009, this promise was kept. Thankfully in 2010, Commissioners David Pepper and Tax Hike Hartmann broke this promise, knowing that Mike Brown and Bob Bedinghaus could spend that money better than you.
Here we are again facing this same issue for 2012. Except now, serial tax hiker David Pepper isn't on the Commission. He's been replaced by Chris Monzel, who stupidly believes that this PTR promise should be kept. Amazingly, our formerly ally Todd Portune also believes the full PTR should be maintained.
We fully support breaking this promise. The stupid voters don't deserve this money. Bob Bedinghaus, Mike Brown, and Jeff Berding should get to spend that money for you. Promises to the lowly taxpayers are made to be broken.
This situation leaves Tax Hike Hartmann without a second vote to pass this absolutely necessary tax increase. We call on all you tax hikers to lobby Monzel and Portune. Encourage them to break their word to the voters so we can send more money to the stadiums. We also want you to contact Tax Hike Hartmann's office and thank him for everything he is doing to raise our property taxes. You don't need that money; the Bengals do. Tax us more!