Monday, July 7, 2008

Coastal Confusion

Like I do every month, today I received my monthly update from the COAST (Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes) organization. Among other things, they enjoy providing updates of my hard work here at the County. Generally, I like the publicity.

But this month, I was mystified to read their lead article that we on the County Commission are considering raising the sales tax to deal with the current budget crisis, which is due in large part to our poor economy and some spending decisions made back in 2006 and before. Given that I have been crystal clear, in every way that I know how, and both publicly and privately, that we WILL NOT raise the sales tax (or property tax) to get through this crisis, I was surprised that these usually savvy politicos had so badly misread the tea leaves. And now, sadly, they have unnecessarily upset their loyal supporters about this issue.

They even claimed that I and Todd Portune had "float[ed] a trial balloon" about raising the sales tax, but pointed to no evidence of this. Unless they consider the consistent and unanimous statement from all three commissioners that we will NOT raise the sales tax to be a "trial balloon" for actually raising the sales tax, I have no idea what they are referring to.

Oh well. If citizens want to know what we actually are planning to do about the tough situation we are in, go to http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080702/BIZ01/807020406/1169/NEWS. (Maybe the sentence, "Commissioners refuse to raise taxes to close the gap," is the cryptic trial balloon COAST is referring to.)

You can also listen to my interview on 700 WLW on the same issue. Go to http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/CINCINNATI-OH/WLW-AM/WILLIE070208H1.mp3?CPROG=PCAST&MARKET=CINCINNATI-OH&NG_FORMAT=newstalk&SITE_ID=1209&STATION_ID=WLW-AM&PCAST_AUTHOR=700WLW&PCAST_CAT=Talk_Radio&PCAST_TITLE=Bill_Cunningham_On_Demand.

5 comments:

Brian Siegel said...

Thanks for creating an avenue to update the community on what is really going on vs. what the media feeds us! Rock on!

Anonymous said...

The that the BOCC will raise taxes is silly - I'm pretty darn sure the law doesn't allow the Board to do so or to put it on the ballot for a period of time after a referendum like we experienced. It's just not a legal option. (I think)

Anonymous said...

Commissioner,

Yes 2 of you did float the idea of raising taxes. It was stated in the C.E article regarding the Moody downgrade.Somebody said absoultely no, someone else said " we just told them that"

and No, I am not a Coaster.

Jeff Capell said...

I'd have to assume they got this information from the news articles that reported the County Administrator directly floated the idea. This would not be the first time in US history that a County Administrator is the one who announced an unpalatable idea, for the purpose of allowing the Commissioners to make themselves look good by immediately condemning it. Thompson knows who he works for.

Quim said...

C.O.A.S.T. is not savvy. They are a myopic one trick pony that is, from their latest email, affiliated with the hate group, the CCV.

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