Statements on Court of Appeals decision on parking plan

City Manager Milton Dohoney:

"Today, I'm pleased that the Court of Appeals has ruled in the City's favor.  I want to commend the City Solicitor and his team for their work.  It is very important that government be able to enact legislation on an emergency basis to provide service to the community. The decision is a victory for the voters of Cincinnati who voted for emergency clauses in their Charter.

On behalf of the City, I want to thank the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, 3CDC, Port of Cincinnati, Uptown Consortium and many members of the development and business community for supporting our legal position.

The parking deal is still about accelerating the city's growth to bring more people, more jobs and more revenue to the local economy. I continue to look for ways to bring more money into the city to provide all the neighborhood services that our citizens value. This parking deal is good for the people of Cincinnati."

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls:

The court of appeals decision affirms that Cincinnati's elected representatives have the ability to pass emergency legislation that takes effect immediately, just like city and village councils in every other municipality in the state.  It restores our ability to act quickly on behalf of the citizens that elected us.

My goal is that proceeds from the parking proposal are used to put the city on a path to a structurally balanced budget by 2017.

We must invest the parking proceeds to generate neighborhood redevelopment, job growth and revenue to continue our investments in growth across the city.

We must use the parking revenue for long-term investments that support long-term fiscal sustainability.

This includes immediately restoring the city reserves to 10 percent; increasing the city's contribution to the pension immediately to 24 percent of payroll; and  making capital investments in departments that significantly reduce long-term operating expenses, and major capital projects that spur growth and development across our neighborhoods.

My highest priority is making sure that we use this opportunity to put Cincinnati on the road, with a date certain, to a structurally balanced budget, so that we are not facing annual deficits that threaten our ability to provide core city services.

To that end I am introducing a motion directing the administration to come back with a plan that achieves these objectives.

Finally, I encourage all concerned citizens to get the facts about the parking plan, including what will really happen to rates under the plan. Additional information is available on the city's website, here.