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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
December 4th and December 11th
Cincinnati is responsible for paying to relocate utility lines to build the streetcar, according to a memo from a city attorney to City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. in March 2011.
The belt buckle in question is a large one that features the Confederate flag. Cody Long started wearing it to Mason High School after his friend died. Cody says the friend gave him the belt.
It didn't take long for the other kids to notice the belt, and to lash out at him.
"I don't like to pick fights that much. I am not one to start them, but I am one to finish it," said Cody.
Cody told FOX19 that school administrators got involved after the backlash from other students grew. He wound up suspended from Mason High after a fight. His mom Tammy said school leaders told her son he couldn't wear the belt if he wanted to attend school there.
$376 million to lavishly renovate President Obama’s office.
While Obama’s office was being renovated earlier this year, a second office was built for him to use during the construction. The entire renovation cost $376 million.
The trouble began last week when a scuffle broke out in the school gym between a student who refused to remove his hat and a teacher at R.A. Brown Middle School in Hillsboro. The episode, which was captured on film by fellow students using their cell phones, shows two teachers circling the child and trying to escort him out of the gym. The boy was ultimately suspended and arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment.
Khloey Summers was one of several students who filmed the incident on a cell phone until a teacher grabbed her phone and said, “I’m going to have to hold on to this for a while.” Khloey told KATU that later that day, teachers confiscated all the phones used to record the incident and deleted each student's video. When Khloey’s phone was returned, she says, her messaging apps and photos had also been opened, presumably to check whether she had emailed the video or sent it via text message.
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