By Roldo Bartimole
Okay, Mayor Frank when are you going to ask for a cut of that $1 billion Randy Lerner and family are getting for the Browns? Are you really serious about helping the children of Cleveland?
Here’s an idea from one of my readers: Charge the 7.75 percent sales tax on the $1,000,000,000 (that’s $1 billion) purchase of the Cleveland Browns in Cuyahoga County.
Mayor Frank Jackson there could be $77,500,000 for your children of Cleveland. Quite a tidy sum.
You can lower or drop the November levy. No tax for your mostly impoverished residents. Sound good? Sounds excellent to me.
You have such a good relationship with Gov. John Kasich, who, as you, is vitally interested in the welfare of Cleveland children. The two of you can agree to use the entire sales tax for the Cleveland schools. A dandy idea.
After all, who has subsidized the Browns franchise owner more than the school children of Cleveland? Who will subsidize the new owner more than those same children?
I’ve pointed out numerous times that the deal worked out by Browns executive as the city’s negotiator, Fred Nance, helped free the Browns from almost all cost of the stadium. Before that, Nance with Mayor Michael White helped free the Browns of all property taxes. So helpful these people.
The old and the new franchises have an essentially a free place to do business thanks to the city and county taxpayers. And the children of Cleveland. Plus, of course, their teachers.
Now is the time to share.
Mayor Jackson, you have subsidized the Browns enough.
First, the billionaire Lerner family; now the billionaire Jimmy Haslam III, new owner. Time for give-backs. Randy Lerner doubled the price Al Lerner paid for the team. While losing, losing and losing.
If billionaires can toss around an extra billion dollars for a football team certainly they can afford a few million dollars for the children of Cleveland.
You pay sales tax when you buy toilet paper. But you don’t pay sales tax when you buy a sports team? Why not?
Randy Lerner should be able to take a sales tax payment out of his back pocket. Easy pickings.
And the new owner could also help. Presently he’s being treated as a mini god by our love-lavishing media. Never a bad word. On Ch. 3 he IS God.
Let’s stop the charade that there is no money for the Cleveland schools. There’s plenty of money. It’s just in the wrong pockets. Hoarded by the wrong people.
Time for a little common sense.
Old man Al Lerner once told me to my face that he didn’t take any tax abatements. He knew, of course, that his stadium was fully tax EXEMPTED. Better than tax abatement because it never ends as tax abatements do.
So, c’mon Jackson and Kasich. Let’s get real. Let’s tax those who have.
Deliver the $77.5 million.
The Libertarian party has been outlawed in Ohio. Again. So if Ron Paul is truly a Libertarian... It's too bad that Libertarians have to run as Republicans in this state and largely in the two party federal elections. Two party rule, keeps us flipping back and forth. Both parties fear other choices. The media depends on the flipping and flopping. MSM doesn't cover ballot access generally. Libertarians and other parties sued the state over its unconstitutional ballot access laws and won in 2006. Did you hear about it? Did you hear that, among other things, HB 194 outlaws all third parties in Ohio.
During the 2010 November election cycle, Matt Brakey distanced himself from the standard republican agenda by telling an auditorium full of Shaw High School students and faculty that he wanted marijuana legalized. The Libertarian light went on above his head. But he ran as a republican. Just sayin...
Best treat I've had in a long time. Perfect by the fireplace after a long snow shoveling escapade! I was given the gift of bottle #133. Thanks and congrats. Get it while you can. To Mr. Herbruck, bravo, encore, encore!
Yes, vote by mail and be careful. I walked my ballot into the BOE to be sure. In fact, I showed it to Jane Platten to be sure. You see, I was switching parties, and I wanted to be sure my vote was properly counted and my party affiliation was recorded. Here's what I learned. You must seal the envelope with the filled in ballot in it. You must fill out everything on the front of the envelope, name, date signature, identifier (last 4 SS#, drivers license, etc. one of those 3 options) , but you don't have to know what kind of election this is. I think we know that this is not the general election. But is it a primary or a special election? Turns out it's both. Also turns out they "don't look at that section" despite all the warnings.
If you're switching as I was (I'm now a member of the Green Party), you will have had to request a green party ballot. There is also a form that you must fill out to confirm that you mean to switch parties. DON'T put it inside the ballot envelope! Poll workers cannot open that ballot envelope and they file that party switch paper elsewhere.
If you want to vote green, you can do so in the primary at any polling location. Don't let them tell you they don't have green ballots - they do. Jane Platten assured me they will. If they say they don't ask the poll worker to call the BOE. Have fun with this new more open democratic process. This is how we change the game.
Great work Mike! Thanks. We still miss our port watchdog, Ed Hauser. Luckily all his documents, meeting minutes and video, lawsuit filings and ODOT records are housed at CSU Special Collections/Cleveland Memory. Need a public record on these shenanigans? CSU Library - third floor.
Thanks for the refresher, Michael. I await the follow up article that covers the 52 Roman Catholic Churches that are on the market and the 25 CMSD properties that could be had for a song - many of them real gems.
Is there a method to voice support of increasing the budget % allocation for public transit? I don't know, a petition, an email to your state rep, a facebook page, something?
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