Dear fellow tax hikers, this has been a very difficult week for us streetcar supporters. Even some of the most diehard amongst us are starting to wonder if this streetcar is going to happen. We encourage all of you tax hikers and streetcar supporters to stand strong through these difficult times!
To be sure, the news that bids for streetcar construction came in significantly over budget was a shocker. Our fine City Manager Milton Dohoney told us construction would only cost $45 million. Yet the lowest bid came in at a whopping $71 million. Overall the bids came in between $26 million-$41 million over budget.
Including interest, our streetcar costs just rose another $50 million (or more).
We believe these costs are worth it. We stand behind the Cincinnati streetcar no matter how much it costs. Hear us now tax hikers - this streetcar is going to happen no matter what. We don't care if costs $500 million, we're going to build this thing.
Who cares if costs continue to rise at staggering rates? We'll just raise taxes!
We applaud our tax-hiking goddess Roxanne Qualls for her steadfast support for this project. She is going to save it for us, just like she did for the stadiums. It was Roxanne Qualls who was the face of the Stadium Tax campaign. She assured everyone that the stadiums would be a great investment for Hamilton County and history has proven her to be 100% correct! Roxanne Qualls knows that this streetcar will help our city just as much as those stadiums have. Build it, no matter the cost.