Taxpayer scorecard: Early Med Mart; multiple taxes

7:26 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County taxpayers are getting some good news.

The Medical Mart /Convention Center project will be done two months early and appears to be on or under budget.

Taxpayers are paying a quarter cent on every dollar or purchases to foot the bill for the $465 million project.

It means the facility will be able to help host next summer's National Senior Games welcoming 35,000 athletes and visitors to our city.

Local senior swimmer Anne McGovern says "it's a beautiful facility and it's great we can help launch it."

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Mayor Frank Jackson both applauded the news.

Both are supporting a just proposed tax seeking to capitalize on the momentum of the Convention Center, Horseshoe Casino and Flats East Bank Project.

The Port of Cleveland wants Cuyahoga County voters to pass a .67 mill levy that would increase taxes on a $100,000 home from $3.50 to $20.

FitzGerald said the lack of state and federal funding for river dredging and lakefront project makes the levy needed.

"It's going to build a bridge, fix the river and build bulkheads on the river. .. I know what it's going for. As a taxpayer, that's good enough for me," he said.

Mayor Frank Jackson backs the Port tax too, despite the fact that it will confront Cleveland voters with both a school levy and port levy on the same ballot.

"It will support the things people constantly say we should do like lakefront development. We can't continue to talk about something and not take action," he said.

Jackson called this a critical time to help build the city's future for generations. He called the Port tax, a small tax that could have a big benefit.

The school board's expected to decide on the size of a levy next week.  Jackson said he knows the expected amount of the schools levy, but declined to reveal it yet.


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