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Help give one of our many, area homeless kids a chance, it's not their fault.
Tickets are $20
Goto www.ChristmasSaengerfest.com to get tickets.
Friday 12/6 - 6-10p
Saturday 12/7 - 5-9p
Work on Cincinnati’s streetcar will stop indefinitely while its costs are studied.
City Council has voted 5-4 on 11 ordinances to pause the $133 million project for an independent analysis on the costs to continue vs. stop construction.
No time period is given but time periods discussed have ranged from one to six weeks.
Lots of security at council today for streetcar vote. Right after pic cop accompanied Cranley to office.
A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico, the country’s nuclear safety director said.
The highly radioactive material had been removed from its container, officials said, and one predicted that anyone involved in opening the box could be in grave danger of dying within days.
Sometimes you have to make the tough call.
It’s not popular, and it’s not easy.
But it’s the right thing to do.
Cincinnati’s streetcar is one of those tough calls. The city is on the brink of washing 115 million hard-earned tax dollars down the drain on the project.
And there will not be a single thing to show for it. Nothing, but folly.
That’s why last week, I offered a proposal to salvage the streetcar debacle.
The most financially burdensome part of the streetcar is its ongoing annual operating costs, at $4 million per year.
I propose taking these expenses off the city’s books – entirely.
This can be done through a combination of ridership fares, private sponsorships, advertisements and a Special Improvement District.
In a Special Improvement District, those who live within a given boundary around the streetcar – let’s say within a few blocks of the route – would opt to pay higher property assessments commensurate with the increase of their property value.
Citizens living outside the Special Improvement District boundary – which would be nearly every resident in the city – would not pay one penny to support the operation of the streetcar.
We have seen effective Special Improvement Districts, such as Downtown Cincinnati Inc., operate successfully.
My constant and consistent philosophy as a member of City Council has not changed one bit: Be careful with the people’s money. In fact, I have longstanding misgivings about the streetcar, and indeed I have not voted to give a single cent to this project.
But the stubborn, unalterable facts are these:
If City Council cancels the project immediately, $70 million will be irretrievably gone. Another $45 million in federal funds will also be lost, invested in another city. That’s a staggering waste.
• Additionally, we will do damage to our reputation with the federal government, which we will need as a key funder for other totally unrelated and important projects, such as the Brent Spence Bridge and Smale Riverfront Park.
So we have a choice. Salvage a flawed project, make the best of a bad situation and keep Cincinnati moving forward – or waste millions of tax dollars for absolutely nothing.
I want to keep Cincinnati on the move – generating jobs, development and economic growth.
I want ours to be a city full of energy and can-do spirit – not one dominated by naysayers and burdened by lawsuits.
I want ours to be a city that works together to find reasonable solutions rather than bickering toward bitter stalemates.
I have offered a better way forward. I hope my colleagues and fellow community members will help in making it real. ■
Thursday December 5th
SEN. PAUL TO PARTICIPATE IN COFFEE STOP MEET AND GREET EVENT IN ALEXANDRIA
TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Miss Shirley’s Bakery and Deli
7926 Alexandria Pike
Alexandria, KY 41001
SEN. PAUL TO HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY FOLLOWING CINCINNATI USA REGIONAL CHAMBER ROUND TABLE EVENT
TIME: 5:15 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Metropolitan Club
50 E Rivercenter Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011