I was born in East Cleveland and these pictures break my heart. Surely this is what Hell must look like. I'm wondering what church #21 USED TO BE?
Very thankful for reporters like Michael Roberts and Cleveland Scene shining the light of truth on this self-serving group. Not surprisingly the Pee Dee and Crain's promoted the PA levy. The
Port Authority has been allowed to pursue their futile course and soak up property tax revenues
for more than two decades because it has become political slush fund for unrelated pet projects.
Cuyahoga County has too many other needs to tolerate continued subsidies for unfocused public
agencies headed in the wrong direction. Reform is needed now to de-politicize the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Reform should start with a complete overhaul of the Port Authority Board.
Though CUYAHOGA COUNTY voters soundly defeated the Cleveland Port Authority's plea for a 400% property tax INCREASE--the highest tax increase in their history, rumor has it, the Port Authority WILL TRY AGAIN THIS SPRING to put another PROPERTY TAX INCREASE on the ballot.
Well, REMEMBER THIS IF THEY DO (and even if they don't)
In this press release dated just weeks after their failed attempt to get millions more of taxpayer's money, the Port Authority stated:
"operating REVENUES are expected to INCREASE 18 percent next year, and the Port will be positioned to TARGET more resources to strategic initiatives WITHOUT SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING overall operating expenditures"........ "In 2013 the Port also expects to INCREASE net assets by $1.5 million, which would represent the FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL INCREASE between 2010 and 2013, Port NET ASSETS are project to INCREASE by $11.2 MILLION. The Port's 2013 capital budget is $21.2 million, with nearly 92 PERCENT BEING PAID BY THIRD PARTIES."
QUESTION: So let's see....If revenues are UP, expenditures are NOT significantly increasing, they've had 4 CONSECUTIVE years of growth and 92% of their budget is paid for by third parties, WHY THE HELL WERE THEY ASKING FOR A 400% TAX INCREASE?
ANSWER : Government NEVER has enough of OUR money.
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