Such is the case with today's guest column in the Enquirer by former Council member and Finance Committee Chair John Cranley: The Facts about Cincinnati Taxes.
In there, Cranley dissects the realities about Cincinnati's budget woes, dispensing with the lies spun out of City Hall by Roxanne Qualls and the remainder of the fiscally irresponsible Council. And he lays out the truth about the proposed hike in Cincinnati's property taxes:
Without the streetcar project ... there would be no need for the property tax hike.
So, let’s call this what it is – a streetcar tax.
Increasing taxes will not only make it harder for us to grow and create jobs, but it further burdens families already struggling financially. In these tough times, the city should prioritize job growth, crime reduction, basic services and the infrastructure necessary for business to grow.
Now, John Cranley has never been accused of being a fire-breathing conservative. While on Council and in his runs for Congress, he pretty much hewed to a left-leaning ideology. Thus, his critique of City budgetary priorities, and taxing decisions, is mighty compelling commentary on the state of affairs at City Hall.