Dear fellow tax hikers, we strongly condemn Hamilton County Commissioners Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann for urging the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to rescind the $4 million they previously allocated for the Cincinnati Streetcar. They believe the money should be redirected to projects that serve more residents. We disagree.
So what if the streetcar route has been shortened by over 2 miles? So what if the project has already experienced significant cost overruns? So what if the start date has been pushed back many years? So what if the projected economic benefits have been significantly reduced before track construction has even started? This streetcar should be built, no matter how much it costs.
We completely sympathize with streetcar supporters who happily solicit and/or take money from Hamilton County, the State of Ohio, and the federal government, while telling all non-city residents to shut up about the streetcar. If you don't live in Cincinnati you have no right to comment on the city's streetcar, but we'll happily make you pay for it.
We stand behind the streetcar 100%. We don't care how much it costs, and we know that Mark Mallory, Roxanne Qualls, and the other streetcar supporters on Council agree. We especially support requiring outsiders to pay for the project and we condemn Commissioners Monzel and Hartmann for trying to redirect these funds.