Michael Deneen wrote:
Unless I'm mistaken, this will require a public vote.
Since 2008 Counties have been forbidden to pass new sin taxes. The beverage lobby had the language slipped into a budget bill.
Reading between the lines:
A lot of backroom deals will be made and a lot of money (tax) will be past around, favors will be granted, subtle changes in law will be made to give the key players a bigger piece of the action and the law will be changed to allow Cuyahoga County to continue the Sin Tax as an operating subsidy for the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians.
A portion of the sin tax will be siphoned off for other "development" in Cleveland, money will be spent without accountability and the Plain Dealer will never report it.
That's one reason I'm not all that upset about Jimmy Dimora's free kitchen counter top. The outrage isn't that illegal behaviour is taking place; the outrage is what is legal.
Think of the new Avon baseball stadium. When the owners got their property tax bill they simply threw it away, contacted the right people in Columbus and just like magic they got a $10 million property tax cut.
No one has every answered this simple question:
Is the economic engine of Cuyahoga County the company that needs a taxpayer subsidy to survive or is the economic engine the company that pays the subsidy?