Dear fellow tax hikers, we have wonderful news to share. It appears that we will get to pay another $15 million for our beloved Cincinnati Streetcar! Our $133 million streetcar now looks like the $148 million streetcar, just as Council is deciding whether to cancel it.
This information is based on the Secret Streetcar Memo which has finally been released. In this memo, the City of Cincinnati's own attorney's advised that the city will likely lose it's litigation against Duke Energy over $15 million of costs to move the utilities.
Former Mayor Mark Mallory and former City Manager Milton Dohoney publicly proclaimed that the city had a strong likelihood of winning this lawsuit, even as they had this memo which said they were likely to lose. Some would say Mallory and Dohoney were lying, but we say sometimes you have to fib to get the big government projects that we want.
As we streetcar supporters often demonstrate, we believe the ends justify the means. We will continue to lie if that's what it takes to build this wonderful streetcar system. We may have to come up with some great new lies in the next few weeks to save our streetcar. We believe in Cincinnati!