Do citizens have a say in what happens in their community? To their tax dollars?
Cleveland Heights City Council has asked the Board of Education to approve an 11yr 80% tax abatement to a developer to build on Meadowbrook-Lee.
Cleveland Heights City Council plans to further subsidize this plan by GIVING the developer the acre of land to build on.
Land that taxpayers spent $1 million to purchase, demolish buildings and remediate.
On July 17 Orlean Company made a presentation to the Board of Education, asking for this tax abatement. I have attached the presentation here: Meadowbrook-Lee Project 2012
I have also extracted page 23 from the Orlean document that shows, with their own numbers, that they do not need the abatement to make the project work.
- Debt service.
- Reserve fund (money put away for a rainy day).
- The entire unabated tax bill.
They have demonstrated no need for any abatement of any size.
Or for “donated land”.
Do citizens have a say in this proposed transfer of public funds and property to a private entity?
Don’t we need all the revenue for our schools that we can get?
Why should we all have to make up for the taxes this development will not have to pay?
Don’t we need a community forum on this issue? Let’s make this decision after all the facts have been presented and we have had an opportunity to talk about this together.
I hope Future Heights will provide a community forum on the Meadowbrook-Lee project; they have a track record of making wonderful contributions to increasing citizen participation.
I ask that they do this for our community once again.
Here is a suggestion for a working title for this important forum:
Tax abated projects: Do citizens have a say in what happens to their tax dollars in their community?
P.S. If you want the Board of Education to know how you feel about tax-abating Meadowbrook-Lee to the tune of $3 million, you can reach them with the contact information provided here.