Lamarque Ward joins Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Amy Murray, Charlie Winburn and George Zamary, and Brad Wenstrup in promising not to raise taxes during the coming Council term.
As COAST reports here, City Council has dug itself a huge budgetary hole exceeding $40 million per year starting in 2010. City Manager Dohoney has signalled his intention to levy new fees and taxes to fill the projected $40M deficit.
COAST thanks Lamarque Ward for his leadership in taking the Pledge and his fellow Council candidates who are also committed to fiscal restraint.
The text of the pledge is:
2009 Cincinnati Mayoral and Council Candidate
Taxpayer Protection Pledge
I, Lamarque Ward, 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.
/s/Lamarque Ward___________ August 6, 2009____________