Guest blog by Keith Moore, Council-at-Large
Issue 18 is a renewal of the City of Norwood’s general operating levy.
It is NOT an increase, just a
According to the Hamilton
County Auditor’s Certificate, if the levy passes, it will bring in
$1,333,390.00 per year. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $79.33 per
Currently, the levy costs the
owner of a $100,000 house $79.33 per year.
So why does the city need this
levy? Revenues are down – way down. Here are the General Fund revenue numbers
for the last few years:
2009: $22 million
2010: $19.9 million
2011: $18.8 million
2012: $18 million (estimated)
big part of the budget crunch this year comes from the State, which cut Local
Government Funds and eliminated the Personal Property Tax and the Estate Tax.
City’s employees have managed to squeeze every dime to keep us operating,
including major contract concessions on wages and staffing levels that have
saved millions of dollars. Of course, the City has also closed the smaller
swimming pools and suspended the annual street repair program. We have made
cuts across the board, but we have kept every department open and operating so
should be better in the years to come. The economy is slowly improving, and we
can all see the new projects going up. There are more projects in the planning
stages. But we won’t begin to see the budget impact from those new projects
until late next year, and for most, in 2014 or later. And we have a lot of
ground to make up to get back to where we should be.
this levy would have a major impact on our ability to maintain the services we
vote YES on Issue 18.