“As President John F. Kennedy said, ‘Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity,’” said Dr. Wenstrup, “and conversely higher rates of taxation suppress economic activity. COAST’s pledge is compatible with my philosophy for governing.”
Please e-mail call Dr. Wenstrup or call him at (513) 321-1090 to thank him for taking the Pledge. You may learn how to support his campaign here.
Mayor Mallory has so far refused to take the COAST pledge against raising taxes. Please e-mail him or call him ((513) 352-3250) and demand that he take the pledge as well.
To date, Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Charlie Winburn, George Zamary and Amy Murray have taken the pledge. The other Council incumbents and candidates have not taken the pledge.
“COAST salutes Dr. Brad Wenstrup for taking the Pledge,” said COAST Chairman Jason Gloyd. “He has shown wisdom and courage through his service as a physician and in our military in Iraq. Dr. Wenstrup has applied those leadership qualities to the City’s budget crisis and has committed firmly to the voters that he will not raise taxes. We encourage Mayor Mark Mallory to disavow City Manager Milton Dohoney’s plan to raise taxes and sign the Pledge as well.”
While Dr. Brad Wenstrup was signing the Pledge, Mayor Mallory was holding a press conference encouraging Cincinnati to move forward with his $185 million trolley boondoggle. Quite a contrast in positions, it seems to COAST.
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.