Thursday, September 4, 2008

Port Authority Given Tax & Eminent Domain Powers

In joint enactments by both the Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commission, in August, the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati was given broad authority to levy taxes and to exercise powers of eminent domain to take real and personal property from homeowners and businesses. Now, taxes for the "arts," the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Olympics and other silly projects of Cincinnati's elite, that could never muster political support, are vested in the hands of appointed individuals unaccountable to the voters.

2008-09-10 UPDATE. A recent City Beat Article does an excellent job of clarifying the expanded powers of the Port Authority and why DeWine accuses Bortz and Berding of a power grab.

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