We will build a safer Cincinnati. Despite a positive 2016, more cops, and an improved community approach, gun violence is far too high. We will deploy shot spotter technology to help police track and arrest those who commit gun violence, hire additional police officers, continue to look for new ways to get guns off the streets, and update our Collaborative Agreement.
We will rebuild Cincinnati by continuing the CAP plan to get our city’s infrastructure back to good. This five-year plan started last year increased the number of lane miles paved annually by 50%. I will oversee the continued implementation of this plan.
We will reduce poverty by operationalizing the recommendations of the Child Poverty Collaborative, which is a five year commitment to reducing child poverty. The goal of the plan is to reduce poverty by 5,000 families over 5 years.
Additionally, I will expand the Hand Up Initiative.
Just as I helped to negotiate deals like GE and Mercy Health that brought over 6,000 jobs to Cincinnati over the last three years, I will continue to serve on the REDI executive committee to help recruit companies to Cincinnati and expand businesses that are already here. As a former real estate developer, I know what it takes to attract businesses and I promise to be a mayor that will ensure that our city’s business climate stays friendly.
I will continue working to increase the percentage of City contracts awarded to minority and women owned businesses. Additionally, I will expand efforts to leverage City investments to encourage private sector developers increase their contracting with minority and women owned businesses.
I will continue spreading the City's renaissance to the neighborhoods through strategic investment in projects like the construction of Wasson Way, the development Westwood Square, and the build out of MidPointe Crossing.
We will work with Hamilton County to establish the first ever fully dedicated Housing Court, which will help neighborhoods by cracking down on slumlords. We will also make new efforts to clean up blight and litter in our city. There is far too much trash on our streets and we will hold people accountable for their behavior but also invest more resources in keeping our city clean and beautiful.
We will set a new course for MSD that stops the bickering and puts ratepayers first.
We will lead by example when it comes to combating climate change by pursuing conservation strategies to help homeowners retrofit their homes with energy saving technology, which will reduce the need for burning greenhouse gases and save them on their energy bills to boot.
We will help build a truly progressive and better public transportation system. Our region is far behind our peers in making bus transit a real option for most people who are trying to get to and from their jobs.
Let me be clear, this county needs a properly funded bus system. No city in Ohio or the country funds a regional bus system with only city tax dollars, except for us. It’s not fair to city taxpayers and doesn’t provide enough funding for a system our region deserves.
If the county voters adopt a 1/2 cent sales tax, public funding will go from 50 million to 75 million annually, a 50% increase that can reduce fares and expand bus routes.
Moreover, city taxpayers will get a significant income tax cut. Many city taxpayers will get a net tax cut because we won’t need the full .3% earnings tax that is currently paid under the city Charter for bus transit .
Reducing the city’s earnings tax will separate Cincinnati from many other cities in recent years that have raised their earnings tax and will likely help us attract new businesses.
As part of this plan, however, if the county sales tax passes, I will also be proposing that that the City adopt a Charter amendment to reduce its earning tax not from 2.1% to 1.8%, but to 1.9% keeping the extra .1% of the old transit tax as a needed increase to the money dedicated in the City Charter to our infrastructure, which resulted from the Smale Commission and Charter Amendment in the 1980s.
We have already re-prioritized roads and bridges, but long term we need more dedicated tax money to infrastructure, which is why a unified effort to pass a county sales tax for transit can lead to a win win win for city taxpayers. Three benefits—more bus service, lower taxes, but more money for needed roads and infrastructure.
Paid for by Cranley for Cincinnati - Helen H. Black, Treasurer