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 >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
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."
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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