Dear fellow tax hikers, we applaud The Cincinnati Enquirer for their recent editorial gently urging the Hamilton County Commissioners to raise taxes for the common good. We won't be gentle - we demand that the Commissioners pass at least one major tax increase on Hamilton County citizens!
County revenues are declining. They've already been cut 25% from their peak, and they may have to trim another 10% for 2013. That's terrible. We can't have the government spend less, we need the citizens to spend less instead.
Our beloved Sheriff Simon Leis is warning that further cuts to the Sheriff's Department will be catastrophic. It's the first time in weeks he's uttered that threat! This time he really means it.
Higher taxes are also needed to bail out the massive deficits in the stadium fund. We know, we all were told that the first stadium tax would lead to an economic boom, and the tax would be retired in 20 years. Expectations fell a little short. But we insist that another Stadium Tax, to bail out the first Stadium Tax, will take care of everything.....we hope.
Sadly our Commissioners have done a terrible job on taxation in recent years. They have said no to higher taxes for the General Fund, they said no to an Arts Sales Tax, they've refused a new Jail Tax, they said no to having Hamilton County pay for Cincinnati's Union Terminal repairs, and Portune and Monzel sold some land around Drake Hospital to pay for last year's stadium fund deficit. We don't have a single reliable Commissioner to lean on, so we will have to work hard to give ourselves the tax increases we deserve.