I, too, applaud your efforts. Taking ANY action in support or nonsupport of anything political/governmental is largely unheard of. Discussion is good for the sake of it. It let’s us see how our neighbors view things and even opens our minds to things we might not have thought of. Last year, at this very time, our street (Palmetto) had a rash of breakins. Pretty scary for many of us, and in the 9 years I had at the time lived on the street- unheard of for our street. I took letters to each and every house on our street, from Grove to Plainville. I had maybe 1-2 conversations with neighbors, tops (other than the ones that had the breakins and my normal group I talk to). I got the sense that most of them thought I was “odd” for taking such an interest in the neighborhood/street. I would imagine today, a year later, most have gone on with their customary approach to living their lives…and have given up on the tips/pointers provided by CPD. I never did see an increase in patrol by either Citizens on Patrol (I think I saw their van go down our street one time) or the CPD.
This issue makes block parties a good idea. Getting out once or twice a year to meet or get to know your neighbors can build a sense of community and help reduce crime. Also, there are several skilled people on the street that could help install motion sensing lighting. Deterrence doesn’t need to be expensive and to some degree, we’re on our own. I thought I had a situation where someone was in my house. It was about 15 minutes before CPD got an officer to my house.
So, what does this have to do with your topic? Nothing, I suppose, directly. But, indirectly, I think it has some value.
I am not really in favor of leaving Cincinnati to go to Columbia Township mostly because it has little if any direct value to me. Property tax would go up, and schools stay the same. The neighborhood wouldn’t change any (safety, crime, housing statistics, etc.). Maybe our street wouldn’t be the very last street in the universe to be plowed, but, I have learned to live with that.
The City taxes us 2.1%, as a resident of, but, not an employee of an employer located in, the City. My understanding of this is : you get a “credit” so to speak, income tax wise, and never pay more than the max of where you live and work. For instance, if I worked in a municipality that had a .5% tax, I would pay that .5% tax to the municipality, and then the balance over to the City. I am not aware of any changes in Ohio law that would effect this.
So, income tax wise, it could be a limited benefit to someone like that me, someone living in a City, but working in another Township. I would pay no income tax to the City of Cincinnati.
The splitting of income tax between where you live and where you work is a “gentlemen’s” agreement between communities and not Ohio law. Currently, if you work in Cincinnati and live in Mariemont, you pay the full 2.1% to the city, and then .5% to Mariemont. This was not the case in the past.
Really, though, if the only reason to move is to stay away from the decisions made by those in charge in the City of Cincinnati, doesn’t it make more sense to fight those decisions directly? Isn’t moving taking a NIMBY type approach? Street cars, light rail, stadium reconstructions/new builds…someone is always on the other side. I was so against the stadium tax. I voted against it. Obviously, I was in the minority. We now have a lovely stadium, super crappy sports team, and no funds for our schools or communities. (Not saying they are related, but that the priorities are very messed up).
So, keep talking, as maybe something other than moving out of the City will come from it.