Dear fellow tax hikers, we are once again irate at our Hamilton County Commissioners. This week's offense is their unanimous rejection of a big Sales Tax Increase for "the arts". We proudly endorsed this important tax increase two weeks ago.
We hate it when we endorse something only to see it fail a few days later!
This tax increase was vital to Hamilton County's health. What could be more important than raising taxes to have more publicly-subsidized art? We condemn all three Commissioners for refusing to back this necessary tax hike.
Even worse, they have barred the County Administrator from spending any further work time on this advocacy effort. The Administrator's job is to raise taxes and find new ways to spend money! The Commissioners are wrong to insist that he spend his time on "core functions and managing our budget". We don't need no stinkin' budget management, and raising taxes is one of our most vital core functions.
After all, the United States government hasn't even passed a budget in 3 years and their finances are great!
This decision is especially insulting after their tragic choice to refuse a countywide property tax increase to help maintain the City of Cincinnati's Union Terminal building. Those of us who wish to enjoy the arts at everyone else's expense aren't getting much love. We firmly insist on a sales tax increase and property tax increase to ensure the government is giving the arts all the taxpayer money they deserve.