As the Cincinnati School Board tries to renew its claim on your property taxes, and even mulls an increase, one of its own members is two years delinquent in paying her own property taxes. How ironic is it that she chairs the CPS Finance Committee?
According to the Hamilton County Auditor, Board Member Catherine Ingram has failed to pay $1,155.99 in property taxes on the house she owns at 250 Dorchester Avenue. Ingram is running for reelection, and the Hamilton County Board of Elections also lists her (p17) at that same address.
Roughly 2/3 of property taxes paid in the City of Cincinnati go to fund CPS, and if you add in other school related levies, you find that about 3/4 of our property taxes go to fund public education. The rest goes to things such as the county general fund, voted levies, and parks.
When asked to comment, Ingram said she dealt with some "personal issues" in 2008 which caused her to fall behind. She insists that her property taxes are currently paid in full, despite the Auditor's records to the contrary here.
COAST is concerned about CPS's stewardship of our tax money, and their seemingly insatiable desire for more frequent and larger levies. If their Finance chair can't manage a $1200 tax bill on her own, how confident should voters be in her ability to chart the financial course of a half billion dollar school district? Or in the need for a levy renewal? Voters deserve to know this before they go to the polls on Tuesday.
2009-10-30 Update: Enquirer story here.