Sunday, January 23, 2011
Voters to have say on Streetcar
The coalition opposed to the streetcar includes the Cincinnati NAACP, the Green Party of Ohio, the Cincinnati Tea Party, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Cincinnati Firefighters, the CODE labor union, the Baptist Ministers of the Cincinnati Vicinity, the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, and Westwood Concern.
Without the charter amendment, the Council of a thoroughly insolvent City has indicated its intention of proceeding to construct a 6-mile loop of a trolley system at an initial capital cost of $143 million, which amount is sure to rise as construction is underway. The system will cost more than $10 million per year to operate, and upon taking the federal grants the City commits to operate the system for 40 years.
City Council already has approved the issuance of $64 million in debt to fund its portion of the construction (before cost overruns).
A copy of the petition is here. The instructions are here. You may print a petition on a color printer and start collecting now! Or, you may get a printed petition from the NAACP at 4439 Reading Rd Suite 3 or by calling (513) 281-1900.
Please help this important effort.