Wednesday, February 27 2013 9:53 PM EST2013-02-28 02:53:19 GMT
The fight over the proposal to privatize Cincinnati's parking system continues. As part of that agreement the city says private companies would operate the parking meters and garages. But those privateMore >>
As part of that agreement the city says private companies would operate the parking meters and garages. But those private companies would not control the rates, hours or enforcement. So what is the city not telling you?More >>
Wednesday, February 20 2013 10:18 PM EST2013-02-21 03:18:32 GMT
While the City Administration's $92 million dollar parking lease has yet to gain the official green light from council, the question of how to spend the potential windfall remains equally unresolved. IfMore >>
While the City Administration's $92 million dollar parking lease has yet to gain the official green light from council, the question of how to spend the potential windfall remains equally unresolved.More >>
Tuesday, February 19 2013 9:56 PM EST2013-02-20 02:56:58 GMT
City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is presenting details of the administration's proposed plan for the city's parking facilities to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday.More >>
We got our first look at the proposed private parking plan. See what it means to your parking inside this story. More >>
Wednesday, February 6 2013 2:00 PM EST2013-02-06 19:00:17 GMT
Cincinnati's Administration is continuing to pursue a public-private partnership option to overhaul the city's parking system, a system already going on in Indianapolis.More >>
Cincinnati's Administration is continuing to pursue a public-private partnership option to overhaul the city's parking system, a system already going on in Indianapolis. More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati City Council's Budget and Finance committee is set to vote on a plan to privatize the city's parking system on Monday.
Under the plan, the city would receive $92 million up front and an additional $3 million a year. The lease would last for 30 years during which time parking rates are expected to increase.
Enforcement would be handled by the private operator, but the city would retain control of the parking system.
Mayor Mark Mallory is urging council to support the plan.
"This plan is a good deal for the City," Mayor Mallory said. "It will improve the City's parking system across the board, and it will bring in millions to fund transformative projects and help to balance the city budget now and in the future. The interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Drive alone will be a game changer for our second largest employment center and all of the neighborhoods in Uptown."
The issue has drawn mixed reviews.
Proponents argue that privatized parking would fill estimated budget gaps over the next two years. Reshaping downtown with a grocery store and apartments will bring additional revenue into the city.
In November, City Manager Milton Dohoney warned that without the plan for privatized parking, the results would be dire.
"To balance this budget based solely on cuts would call for the elimination of 344 positions," said Dohoney.
Opponents argue that the projected $92 million will all be spent by 2014. These individuals want neighborhoods to get more of that money instead of the city getting the loin's share.
The head of the Clifton Community Council, Ben Pantoja, is urging City Council to reject the privatized parking plan and find a better way to balance the budget.
"We think it's really bad for business districts like this because it encourages people to take their business elsewhere to shopping malls and places like that," said Pantoja.
Pantoja worries that longer enforcement hours would have a chilling effect on the local economy.
"Now people can park at six o'clock and know that they can go to dinner and not pay anything and not have to go back and feed meters," Pantoja explained. "Having to do that all the way to 9 p.m. essentially really creates an incentive to take their business elsewhere and go to restaurants elsewhere."
City Councilman Chris Seelbach says he has come up with a better way to balance the budget.
Councilman Charlie Winburn claims that he has come up with a better way to balance the budget. Winburn said that he has come up with a plan to balance the budget that will not cost city workers their jobs.
Winburn's plan includes using $8.7 million of the anticipated $12.7 million in casino revenue to balance the city's budget for the next 20 years, and using the rest that was dedicated to the Focus 52 Fund to support a balanced budget. He also wants to execute a 15 to 20 percent across the board cut relative to salary adjustments or furloughs exempting city basics such as police, fire, health, garbage, recreation, parks and road paving.
"There is absolutely no reason for city council to privatize or outsource parking to balance the city budget, because the aforementioned plan will help us balance the city budget for the next 20 years without privatization and outsourcing parking or raising taxes," said Winburn. "Furthermore, it moves us toward a structurally balanced city budget so that we will be able to retain more jobs as well as create jobs in the private sector long term."
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:48:56 GMT
Augusta is a hot spot this weekend as holiday travelers pass by the Georgia—South Carolina border. For many, that means traffic and it also means more law enforcement on the road. Georgia state troopersMore >>
Georgia state troopers have increased patrols during the holiday weekend and will have a few checkpoints throughout the CSRA.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:09:50 GMT
One teen is dead after a fatal car accident in Aiken County this morning The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirmed Ricky Marquez, 19, died after the car he was riding in left the roadway and struck severalMore >>
An Aiken County teen is dead after severe head injuries from a fatal car accident this morning. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:31:35 GMT
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday. "Every little bit helps," said ValliMore >>
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:51:03 GMT
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard."Situations like this where there is a healthMore >>
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:45:01 GMT
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts. They say they voted against changing the membership standards because 85% of the 2,700 constituentsMore >>
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:45:32 GMT
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated. "The Augusta Commission in a meetingMore >>
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>