City Manager proposes budget to council

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney presented his proposed budget for 2013 to council members Monday.

In the 2013/2014 Biennial Budget Report, Dohoney is projecting a $33 million deficit.

One of the ways Dohoney recommends filling the hole is by raising property taxes to the highest amount allowed. The tax rate increase would raise $7.8 million dollars to help plug the budget gap.

If council passes the measure, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an increase of $46 dollars.

A city spokesperson says voters already approved the measure years back to allow for the increased millage.

"I don't want to do it," homeowner Patricia Hill said with a laugh. "I truly don't want to have to pay more taxes. No, no one does"

Hill lives with her husband in her childhood home. Both are retired and live on a fixed income.

"To have more taxes come out of what we already pay is cruel to me because I don't want to have to," Hill admitted. "But somebody has to do it. We own property; we might as well step up to the plate."

She says she wants basic services available to her neighborhood, even if it means shelling out more money.

"I want my protection if my house catches on fire. If I call the police I want them to be able to come. It's as simple as that," Hill said.

Just next door, however, her neighbor Theodore Banks feels property owners shouldn't have to pay more.

"It's unfair to the property owners," he exclaimed.

Banks says he would rather see the burden spread across all residents, not just property owners. He argues that population has been hit hard enough already.

"Your property evaluations are going down and they want to raise the taxes, it doesn't make sense," Banks argued. "If anything they should be decreasing the property taxes."

This is now the fourth year the city manager is asking for a property tax rate increase. Prior attempts have been unsuccessful.

"I hope it won't happen," Banks said.

Council members have until the end of June to decide whether or not to change the property tax rate.

You can read the complete budget report on the city's website by clicking here.

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