There’s been a ton of feedback in the paper and on the streets concerning your investment plan. Folks have already come to the conclusion that you’re a one-term Mayor. I will remind you that this is pretty much what did Koziura in. He wanted the plate tax for the sewer system and etc. He proposed his increase in an election year though, and had Foltin tell the world that the plate tax was unnecessary, and the majority, like fools, believed him. Which would explain why we are where we are today, not to mention that Foltin was a landlord and seemed to be unusually sympathetic to the LELA, and there wasn’t much done to the deteriorating housing stock in this City.
Krasienko’s plan would add $591,000 annually in staff costs to the building, engineering and parks departments, plus make a $3.2 million outlay for equipment, updated zoning and property codes and facilities to enable the city to achieve the improvements he envisions.
His proposed income tax credit reduction would put an estimated $3 million a year more in Lorain’s coffers to pay for his program and to bring Lorain’s budget into the black by 2010 for the first time in years.
There’s no doubt that the codes need updated and rewritten. I said as much at a meeting back in November. People are getting around codes when they are cited by bringing a lawyer to the hearing to get them off. (Personally, I would think that taking care of the problem would be easier and cheaper, but…)
Councilpersons Given, Szabo and Flores are all on board, acknowledging that though it will be unpopular, and that there’s the threat of people “storming City Hall with pitchforks,” it is definitely necessary.
You’re going to stomp me a few times with this proposal, Tony, I want you to know. Both my Mrs. and I work outside the City, so we’ll both be nailed by the income tax reduction. Ouch. And with two vehicles, and the cost for plates being what it is,….. Double-Ouch.
But doing a recall vote to have you removed is waaaay out of the question. The City is in definite need of a good repair job, especially considering the roads and the housing stock. And you being less than 5 months into your first term (Please God, don’t let me regret this), I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt, and say, “Let’s do this.”
If you can make scenes like this
disappear, with a good repair and not an extra helping of soft patch, I’m in.
And if you can do something so that houses that look like this
disappear, or are repaired the correct way, you can have my extra $30 worth of plate tax right now.
I have just one teeny tiny favor to ask.
Could you do something about this one first?