Monday, August 17, 2009

Council Candidate Lamarque Ward Signs No Tax Pledge

Independent Council challenger Lamarque (pronounced la-MAR-kay) Ward has signed COAST's pledge against raising taxes and against new fees during the coming Council term, bringing to seven the number of signers of the pledge. Please e-mail Lamarque to thank him for taking the Pledge.

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____________


  1. Great. LaMarque Ward knows that his constituents make their living off of other people's taxes, right? All those social services he likes? Those too are funded by our taxes. Good job getting jobbed, Lamarque

  2. I think that Lamarque sees that higher taxes continue to drive people out of the city.

  3. I think Lamarque realizes that 100% of city residents pay taxes, including the 43% who are african american, and the 27% who are below the poverty line. The city spends roughly a billion dollars a year, and only a few measly percentage points of that goes to social services. If you really care about those less fortunate, the best thing you can do for them is to minimize the burden of government.

  4. Why haven't we heard about COAST's great performance at the library last week? Can we get a video from that please?

  5. Cincinnatian4progress -
    Wow, you mean to tell me Mark Miller had a hard time in front of an extremely hostile crowd? Big shocker.
    Send a streetcar backer to debate the issue in front of, oh lets say, the Tea Party people, and see how well they come off on video.

    Keep patting yourself on the back over that supposed big victory.

  6. From what I hear it was not a hostile crowd. Just a crowd that was informed and was not receptive to talking points. I am not surprised that Mark Miller had a hard time with a crowd that understands the importance of the streetcar and understands the "language" of your charter amendment.

  7. "Informed" = agrees with what CFP wants.

    Anyone who deviates even a bit from the pro-streetcar line is a raving lunatic.


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