Tuesday, July 28, 2009

City Manager Dohoney: "We have got to have a revenue conversation in November"

Tax increases coming right after November election.
Please contact Council members NOW!

City Manager Dohoney plans on increasing taxes after November elections

Yesterday, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney finally played his hand on the matter of the bloated City budget. After 2009 missed revenue projections, and fiddling endlessly with budget cuts, Dohoney admitted that his long-term plan is to raise taxes immediately after the November elections, Read here the Enquirer story in which Dohoney makes this remarkable admission about the consequences of the City's over-spending:
"I'm promising you we have got to have a revenue conversation in November," Dohoney said to council members. "There's just no way to pay for it out of what we get now."
In order to avoid this pernicious and confiscatory plan of the City, COAST has issued a pledge against tax and fee increases during the coming Council and Mayoral term to all candidates for Mayor and Cincinnati City Council.

To date, Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Charlie Winburn, George Zamary and Amy Murray have taken the pledge. Please contact them and thank them.

Mayor Mallory and the remaining Council members and council challengers have refused to take the pledge.

COAST again asks its members to call or write the other seven Council members and the Mayor asking that they sign too (click name to email).
Mark MalloryMayor(513) 352-3250
David CrowleyVice Mayor(513) 352-2453
Jeff BerdingCouncil Member(513) 352-3283
Chris BortzCouncil Member(513) 352-3255
Y. Laketa ColeCouncil Member(513) 352-3466
Greg HarrisCouncil Member(513) 352-5303
Roxanne QuallsCouncil Member(513) 352-3604
Cecil ThomasCouncil Member(513) 352-3499

The text of the pledge is:

2009 Cincinnati Mayoral and Council Candidate
Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I, ___________, 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.



  1. All right, let's raise some taxes!

  2. City Council and the Mayor could start by eliminating duplicative, unnecessary, newly created high-paying administrative posts that constiuents never requested before driving more business and homeowners out with higher taxes and fees. The Office of Environmental Quality would be a great place to start.

  3. "City Council and the Mayor could start by eliminating duplicative, unnecessary, newly created high-paying administrative posts"

    I agree wholeheartedly! But why is COAST against metro government that would save the tax payers their hard earned money and downsize bureaucracy and increase efficiency?


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