Here’s an article on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website about HB289. Unfortunately, it has been watered down a bit, but does have a mechanism for dissolving the JEDZ (if it passes) if it can be proven that the tax money collected is not being used for the township’s economic development plan…
The State of the Township Address, scheduled for March 2 at 2:30pm, has been on the calendar for months… Last night, it was even mentioned at the trustee work session meeting. After attending the meeting last night, we finalized plans for a protest rally an hour before the event, and plastered our intentions all over social media. This morning, the township announced that the meeting has been canceled due to a “scheduling conflict.”
Give me a break…
For those of you keeping score at home:
Stop The JEDZ – 3
Township Officials – 0
Last night the board of trustees held their monthly work session meeting. Trustee Joe Honerlaw was 45 minutes late, voted on several items and made motions even though he was not included in the roll call at the beginning of the meeting. They also mentioned that the State of the Township Address would be this coming Sunday, and then this morning they promptly canceled the meeting after they found out we would be staging a protest rally an hour before, citing a scheduling conflict… But more on that later. I hope you also enjoy the part where Michael Hinnenkamp, the township administrator states that they could “borrow as much as they want” for road projects and that it “doesn’t count as debt service” because it is an interest free loan.
Aren’t we out of money??
Here is the video from this week’s township trustee meeting…
The township put up a new website this week. There was a section on the website called “Community Voice” and it was supposed to be a place for people to express ideas or help come up with solutions to issues and make suggestions. For a while now, at the trustee meetings and at the JEDZ public hearings, they said they wanted to hear other solutions from the public and if they could achieve the revenue or cost savings that the JEDZ would bring in, they would be open to the idea of doing that instead of the JEDZ.
In this new “Community Voice” section of the website, there were different category breakdowns, as follows:
Community Activity Ideas
Housing & Neighborhood Enhancements
Revenue Enhancement Ideas
Economic Development Ideas
Suggest a New Initiative
You could go into one of these sections and post a suggestion. I (Kyle) posted two. One of them was in the economic development section, I said don’t raise taxes on businesses and employees, that this was a bad idea and that it should be a no brainer that it would be a bad thing to do during a recession. Pretty simple…
The second one I posted was in the Revenue Enahncement section… It went something like this:
Why do we need 17 parks?
Why are we paying our administrator $136k/yr base salary?
Why are we re-hiring retired employees for full pay + pension?
Why are we paying for 2 assistant police chiefs?
How do you justify paying your part-time “law director” $112k/yr base salary?
Why don’t we look at selling some of the property that the township owns?
Why don’t we look at cutting perks for township administration employees such as vehicles/gas/paid travel, etc?
Why are we paying $50k/yr for personal/administrative assistants? That’s more than most entry level jobs pay after getting a 4 year degree!
Why did the township establish an arts council when the private sector can do anything the arts council does better and cheaper and with no tax payer dollars?
All of the things I have mentioned here would cut as much spending as the JEDZ would increase revenue after taking into account the CIC grant.
Instead of posting a reply, or some sort of rebuttal, the township not only deleted my posts, but they deleted the ENTIRE “Community Voice” section of the website. Why? Because they don’t want our input like they say, all they want to do is tax and spend and protect the status quo, and not answer to anyone.
I don’t know how they are going to sue us if they can’t even get our group name right, but here is the letter that I just received moments ago with some sort of veiled threat at the end if we don’t give them back their domain name that they never possessed…
This should be fun and enjoyable… :-)
Just posted today, I believe this will also run in next week’s printed edition of the Hilltop Press.
Here’s some highlights that we found rather enjoyable…
Kyle Hufford … is the president of the Stop the JEDZ group. He would not confirm or deny he or his group bought the domain names. “No comment,” he said.
When asked if such a transaction wouldn’t show up on campaign finance reports, he said “not if it were done by a private individual.”
“It shows a certain level of incompetence to publish a website before you own it,” Hufford said.
This was just posted about an hour ago…
“It’s an interesting question,” Rava said of the legal concerns raised by the township. “But … it just sounds like an ungracious move by an adversary – but they are an adversary, so how can you expect them to be gracious?”
The Cincinnati Enquirer article was funny, but Brian Thomas… Well… You’ll just have to listen. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
In case you don’t want to watch the political theater linked in the last post, here is the short version…