Dear fellow tax hikers, we are still in shock that the normally reliable Blue Ash City Council has rejected efforts to build a huge new apartment complex. This plan was foiled on a 4-3 vote which denied the zoning change necessary for the complex.
The only three Yes votes were Blue Ash Councilmen Stephanie "Steph" Stoller, Jim Sumner, and Tax Hikin' Rick Bryan - also known as The Three Mustaches. By rejecting this, Blue Ash rejected the new tax revenues these residents would have brought, which is undoubtedly why our 2011 Tax Hiker of the Year Rick Bryan voted for it. We applaud Rick for his tireless efforts to bring more apartments to Blue Ash.
These wouldn't have been just regular apartments - the developer stressed that these would have been LUXURY apartments. These luxury apartments would have started at $900 per month and included things like appliances, high ceilings, and beautiful counters.
Councilman Stephanie Stoller, now in her 80th year on Council, highlighted another key reason for this vote. "The businesses in Blue Ash need more residents - we need more people with money to help restaurants and other businesses." This is a woman who gets it! Blue Ash Council's role is to serve the businesses, not the residents. The only reason residents are needed is to support the local businesses. We applaud Mrs. Stoller for having her priorities straight.
We condemn this vote. These luxury $900/month units would have brought higher taxes and more apartments to Blue Ash, along with providing more revenues to nearby businesses. And as we stressed in our previous editorial, there is nothing more valuable than apartment rental units to make a suburban community thrive. This is a tragic decision by a group of tax-and-spend Republicans who almost always get it right.