Sheriff Leis and commissioners Portune and Pepper have done a terrible disservice to Hamilton County. First, they tried to raise the sales tax a half percent without a vote, something never done before. But we collected 55,000 signatures forcing the issue to a vote in November.
Now they are trying to convince us to vote for an unnecessary jail plan that's called issue 27. Here's three reasons why we should vote no:
1. JAIL SPACE WOULD BE ADEQUATE IF THE COUNTY WERE MORE EFFICIENT
There would be enough jail beds by (1) retaining the existing older facilities like Queensgate and others, (2) renting space from other counties like Butler and Campbell and (3) making the processing of inmates more efficient. "Processing" is bringing inmates to trial quickly so they don't take up space longer than necessary.
As is well known, most governmental entities are bloated with fat and patronage. Like private companies in a budget crunch, the county must cut expenses and lay off non-essential employees.
2. WE REALLY ARE TAXED TO DEATH
This county is the worst taxed in Ohio and northern Kentucky. Our property taxes are the second highest of the 88 counties in Ohio. If this sales tax goes to 7%, we will be the highest in Southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. We have more special levies, a total of 11, than other counties.
High taxes drive home buyers and business away thus shrinking our population.
3. AS FOR INMATE TREATMENT, THERE IS PLENTY NOW.
For example, Talbert House. The county plans to do away with 210 beds in two buildings now under the Talbert House network, one of the best in the nation for chemically dependent residents. Keep it and continue use of countless non-profits that now work with inmates.
Mr. Shrive lost his request for a temporary restraining order. See results of request for Temporary Restraining Order by clicking here. See information regarding Shrive's appeal here. Will the same Hamilton County Court System give the Sheriff a "pass" on this blatant use of taxpayer monies to campaign for a levy?