Dear fellow tax hikers, three weeks ago we reported that Councilman Roxanne Qualls doesn't pay her fair share of taxes. Due to property tax abatements, you pay most of her taxes for her. It turns out she isn't the only Cincinnati City Councilman who you carry.
Laure Quinlivan doesn't have to pay her taxes either. She is another lucky recipient of the Property Tax Abatement Sweepstakes that seems to benefit liberal streetcar supporters. Councilman Quinlivan owns a $415,640 home, yet pays taxes as if it was worth only $296,670. The rest of you pay her taxes for her.
When Ms. Quinlivan says WE need to pay higher property taxes to pay for the Cincinnati Streetcar, what she really means is YOU need to pay more. Since she isn't carrying her own weight, you get to pay Laure's way in addition to your own.
We continue to thank all of you for generously paying taxes for Roxanne Qualls and Laure Quinlivan. They raise the taxes - and you pay them. We think this is a fair tradeoff. We urge Qualls and Quinlivan to continue raising taxes - taxes that you'll be paying and they won't.