Reader: I'd Support the Tax If I Could Trust Hagan and Dimora

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The new county sales tax is only 1/4% ($250 on every $100,000), so why am I and droves of petitioners out to stop it? Because I have no confidence that the money will be used for what Hagan and Dimora say it will be used for. The tax passed on Thursday goes into the GENERAL FUND, despite their claims that it would only be used for a new convention center built to lure the Medical Mart! All we have is their word that the revenue will go toward securing the Medical Mart deal. Meanwhile, the county has other financial commitments to fund, including a $13 million small business loan fund, the new Juvenile Detention Center (a mere $140 million for 150 detainees), and the creation of an empty lot on East 9th and Euclid, where the Ameritrust Tower will have stood, to make way for a new county administration building. If they would be upfront about their actual budgetary needs and limit the use of this tax for the renovation/construction of our convention center, and subsequential Medical Mart, I would gladly support a new tax. But under the circumstances, I want the new tax on the ballot. Eric Greenberg Cleveland
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