This month’s Price Hill Civic Club meeting, slated for Tuesday night, will feature a debate on Issue 9, the ballot item that would impose restrictions on rail-related funding by the city of Cincinnati.
The neighborhood group has scheduled speakers to discuss the other issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. After their presentations, the debate will be held. Arguing in support of Issue 9 will be Mark Miller of the Coalition Opposed to Spending and Taxes (COAST) and former Congressman Tom Luken; opposed will be Don Mooney of Cincinnatians for Progress.
Issue 9 is a charter amendment proposed by COAST and the NAACP’s local chapter. If approved, it would require a public vote on any rail-related project that goes through Cincinnati and uses city taxpayer money including the city’s proposed $102 million streetcar system, any regional light-rail system, the proposed high-speed rail connector with Columbus and Cleveland touted by President Obama — even publicly financed additions to the Cincinnati Zoo’s train ride.
Streetcar supporters say the project would have a $1.4 billion economic impact as it helps spark residential and commercial redevelopment on blighted and vacant properties along the route as similar systems have done in other cities.
Opponents, however, counter that it would be far cheaper to expand bus routes and, with the city facing a $51 million deficit due to stagnant tax revenues, it’s more prudent to focus on providing basic services.
Price Hill Civic Club’s meeting is free and open to the public. The election portion will begin about 8:15 p.m. and be held at the Seton Knights of Columbus Hall, 4109 W. Eighth St.