Wednesday, February 27 2013 9:53 PM EST2013-02-28 02:53:19 GMT
The fight over the proposal to privatize Cincinnati's parking system continues. As part of that agreement the city says private companies would operate the parking meters and garages. But those privateFull Story >
As part of that agreement the city says private companies would operate the parking meters and garages. But those private companies would not control the rates, hours or enforcement. So what is the city not telling you?Full Story >
Wednesday, February 20 2013 10:18 PM EST2013-02-21 03:18:32 GMT
While the City Administration's $92 million dollar parking lease has yet to gain the official green light from council, the question of how to spend the potential windfall remains equally unresolved. IfFull Story >
While the City Administration's $92 million dollar parking lease has yet to gain the official green light from council, the question of how to spend the potential windfall remains equally unresolved.Full Story >
Tuesday, February 19 2013 9:56 PM EST2013-02-20 02:56:58 GMT
City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is presenting details of the administration's proposed plan for the city's parking facilities to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday.Full Story >
We got our first look at the proposed private parking plan. See what it means to your parking inside this story. Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that...Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that irrigates...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:00:14 GMT
(RNN) - An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center has called it an "extremely active"Full Story >
An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.Full Story >
Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.Full Story >
A female suicide bomber identified as a widow of two killed Islamists blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday injuring at least 12, including two children and five police officers, police said.Full Story >
Authorities in eastern Afghanistan say explosives transported by suspected Taliban fighters accidentally detonated while they were stopped at a mosque, killing 12 people.Full Story >
A would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went off prematurely in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday morning, police said. The apparent failed attack came a day after a major Taliban assault on an...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 3:35 AM EDT2013-05-25 07:35:23 GMT
A large fire is burning at a fraternity house at Miami University in Oxford. The fire struck the Fiji house at 130 East High Street around midnight, sending smoke and flames into the air.In addition toFull Story >
A large fire burned a fraternity house at Miami University in Oxford early Saturday morning. The fire struck the Fiji house at 130 East High Street around midnight, sending smoke and flames into the air.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati City Council's Budget and Finance committee is set to vote on a plan to privatize the city's parking system on Monday.
Under the plan, the city would receive $92 million up front and an additional $3 million a year. The lease would last for 30 years during which time parking rates are expected to increase.
Enforcement would be handled by the private operator, but the city would retain control of the parking system.
Mayor Mark Mallory is urging council to support the plan.
"This plan is a good deal for the City," Mayor Mallory said. "It will improve the City's parking system across the board, and it will bring in millions to fund transformative projects and help to balance the city budget now and in the future. The interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Drive alone will be a game changer for our second largest employment center and all of the neighborhoods in Uptown."
The issue has drawn mixed reviews.
Proponents argue that privatized parking would fill estimated budget gaps over the next two years. Reshaping downtown with a grocery store and apartments will bring additional revenue into the city.
In November, City Manager Milton Dohoney warned that without the plan for privatized parking, the results would be dire.
"To balance this budget based solely on cuts would call for the elimination of 344 positions," said Dohoney.
Opponents argue that the projected $92 million will all be spent by 2014. These individuals want neighborhoods to get more of that money instead of the city getting the loin's share.
The head of the Clifton Community Council, Ben Pantoja, is urging City Council to reject the privatized parking plan and find a better way to balance the budget.
"We think it's really bad for business districts like this because it encourages people to take their business elsewhere to shopping malls and places like that," said Pantoja.
Pantoja worries that longer enforcement hours would have a chilling effect on the local economy.
"Now people can park at six o'clock and know that they can go to dinner and not pay anything and not have to go back and feed meters," Pantoja explained. "Having to do that all the way to 9 p.m. essentially really creates an incentive to take their business elsewhere and go to restaurants elsewhere."
City Councilman Chris Seelbach says he has come up with a better way to balance the budget.
Councilman Charlie Winburn claims that he has come up with a better way to balance the budget. Winburn said that he has come up with a plan to balance the budget that will not cost city workers their jobs.
Winburn's plan includes using $8.7 million of the anticipated $12.7 million in casino revenue to balance the city's budget for the next 20 years, and using the rest that was dedicated to the Focus 52 Fund to support a balanced budget. He also wants to execute a 15 to 20 percent across the board cut relative to salary adjustments or furloughs exempting city basics such as police, fire, health, garbage, recreation, parks and road paving.
"There is absolutely no reason for city council to privatize or outsource parking to balance the city budget, because the aforementioned plan will help us balance the city budget for the next 20 years without privatization and outsourcing parking or raising taxes," said Winburn. "Furthermore, it moves us toward a structurally balanced city budget so that we will be able to retain more jobs as well as create jobs in the private sector long term."
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:19:48 GMT
Last week, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said "two rouge IRS employees" were responsible for targeting conservative groups in 2012, something the IRS admitted to. However, the Exempt OrganizationFull Story >
The IRS worker says an Exempt Organization Specialist's job is to ask questions to those applying for 501(c)4 status, but there was never any intent to target conservative groups. The worker says this is not the conspiracy some are making it up to be.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
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