Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cuyahoga County – Vote for the Sin Tax and avoid new regional taxes

Cuyahoga County residents will vote on an extension of the “sin tax” on May 6. If you live in Cuyahoga County and are AGAINST creeping regional powers, you should vote FOR THE TAX.

Vote FOR a tax? I know, it sounds crazy. But this is a classic of dilemma of two bad choices. Take the one you know and vote “yes.” The alternative is far worse for you and all of us – a new set of powers that would allow for a “regional tax.”

If it doesn’t pass, “sin tax” opponents have helpfully suggested this:

“The “Coalition Against the Sin Tax” has proposed an alternative to the sin tax:
•Using Denver as a model, which has a similar sized Downtown as well as three pro-sports facilities, we are proposing a multi-county (7 to 11) sales tax of 1/10th of 1% that could possibly benefit both major league and minor league teams. If the Chamber wants to promote “regionalism,” start with this issue.”

It’s important to note that such “regional” taxes don’t exist in Ohio, and it would take an act of the Ohio Legislature to create one. We have local taxes, county taxes, and state and federal taxes, in addition to Park Districts and School Districts. Now they want to create another level of taxes, using the our support of pro sports as leverage to drum up support. Once this first new regional tax is created, the nose is in the camel’s tent. They can use it to fund any number of regional initiatives, all under the pretense of “helping the region.” The heavily populated urban centers would outvote the suburbs and less populated counties.

A pro-sports supporting new “regional tax” mechanism is their best hope for regional funding of NEOSCC plans. Don’t let it come to pass!

If you live in Cuyahoga County, vote “yes” for the sin tax and pass this along to all of those against regionalism via the NEOSCC. Spare yourselves and all of us the possibility of a new class of regional taxes.

Local Newspaper Shills for NEOSCC

In Sunday’s edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, an editorial board editorial appeared touting the benefits of cooperation through the regional entity known as NEOSCC,

The editorial, titled ‘Retreat from sprawl’, talks about ‘how the future of Northeast Ohio depends on regional cooperation’. It is natural to want to help one’s neighbors when they need it. It is a noble human trait. Americans are known for their willingness to help and are to be commended for that attitude. However, in this case the word cooperation is to be viewed with extreme caution.

Cooperation indicates one party is dominant over another, vs collaboration where entities work together, as they are willing and as they can afford. There are local collaborative efforts that are beneficial and these are to be commended. Continue reading