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Between the Lines: Shoreway, Port issue, homestead exemption

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The West Shoreway is a project to turn the highway into a slower, tree-lined boulevard.

But it's suddenly on a fast-track after a visit from Gov. John Kasich. It's an important project for Cleveland's lakefront development.

And it's also conveniently timed and helping the re-election bids of both Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson and the republican governor.

What is their relationship?

What role will Mayor Jackson play in the governor's race and Ed FitzGerald's campaign?

FitzGerald is launching a new issue against the governor. He's backing an effort to reinstate the homestead exemption's old terms.

All senior property owners got a tax break that works out to more than $400 each.

Now that break's being denied to seniors newly applying who make more than $30,000/year.

How big an issue will it be? Shouldn't there be a cutoff figure, so seniors who can afford to pay the full tax don't get a needless break?

Cuyahoga County Issue 82 is an important issue on November's ballot.

It's to continue the Port's levy that costs homeowners $3.50/year per $100,000 of property value.

The last more ambitious levy was soundly defeated in August.

How important is this levy? Why does the Port have trouble publicizing its value and mission?

What will happen to other roles the Port hoped to fill in the future like lakefront development and shoring up a portion of the Cuyahoga's West Bank that's in danger of collapsing?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Blaine Griffin and Plain Dealer Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Cleveland.com columnist Kevin O'Brien as well as Port Board Vice Chairman Chris Ronayne on this edition of Between the Lines.

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