Cincinnati City Council Candidate George Zamary
signs COAST's no-tax pledge
Three more Council candidates have signed the COAST pledge against raising taxes to solve Cincinnati's budget problems in the coming Council term -- incumbent Leslie Ghiz, and challengers Charlie Winburn and George Zamary.
Council's seemingly incurable addiction to spending has created a $20 million deficit for the second half of 2009 and a huge $40 million deficit in 2010. In addition, years of stealing from the City's pension fund to pay for out-of-control general fund expenses has left an enormous hole in the City's pension system.
To make matters worse, bungling City bureaucrats projected a revenue increase in a year of recession and hardship for the nation. As a result, City revenue projections this year were nearly 12% off actual receipts.
COAST thanks Winburn, Ghiz and Zamary for their commitment against higher taxes and spending.
Currently, two Council incumbents have signed the Pledge -- Chris Monzel and Ghiz. COAST asks its members to call or write the other seven Council members and the Mayor asking that they sign as well (click name to send email):
|Mark Mallory||Mayor||(513) 352-3250|
|David Crowley||Vice Mayor||(513) 352-2453|
|Jeff Berding||Council Member||(513) 352-3283|
|Chris Bortz||Council Member||(513) 352-3255|
|Y. Laketa Cole||Council Member||(513) 352-3466|
|Greg Harris||Council Member||(513) 352-5303|
|Roxanne Qualls||Council Member||(513) 352-3604|
|Cecil Thomas||Council Member||(513) 352-3499|
The text of the pledge is:
2009 Cincinnati Mayoral and Council Candidate
Taxpayer Protection Pledge
I, __________________________________, pledge to the taxpayers of the City of Cincinnati and all of the people of this City that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes and create new fees during the 2010-2011 term of Cincinnati City Council. This includes without limitation, any increase in the City earnings tax or property tax, and the imposition of new fees such as a garbage collection fee.
_________________________ _________________________ Signature Date _________________________ _________________________ Witness Witness