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Mayor Don Kuchta
‘We are committed to provide the citizens of Macedonia exceptional constituent service. It is our goal to ensure that every encounter with our office reflects our dedication to the interest and well being of our beloved City and its citizens.’
Mayor’s Report – February 12, 2014
Somehow, someway, something that seems fair and equitable seems to have started a ruckus. To not add fuel to the fire let me just say that as Mayor of Macedonia, I was approached with a monetary amount of about $60,000 for our City out of the one million dollars due to Northfield for hosting the Rocksino. The State came to me. I did not ask for it. However, after hearing about the chance to get this money, it seemed as though this would be a way to offset some of the cost of moving our I-271 Freeway ramp. One of the factors that lead to the success of that venture being done was the concerns about bus traffic to the Rocksino. Perhaps you have noticed that we seem to be getting more bus traffic all the time. last Saturday I saw two buses next to each other under the I-271 bridge.
Macedonia did not complain or ask the State or our neighbors for anything. We just aren’t like that.
We have never asked for “toll money” for hosting schools and school functions. although we constantly incur cost associated with school operation related to the safety of the children not only from our communities, but also our neighbors. We are only too happy to oblige.
Now that the subject of Rocksino money has been brought to my attention, I will still pursue the funds. During my testimony in Columbus, I brought forth a lot of reasons why would should get the money. For instance….if you enter the Rocksino into your GPS, it will more than likely take you through Macedonia. Many of the House Members at the Committee hearing commented to me that it made sense for us to get something.
But is it worth losing the relationship we have with our neighbors?
I think that a good way to resolve this would be for the State to contribute $1,171,000 to this area, and by doing that, all three communities would get subsidized the amounts that seems to be causing the problems between them.
I dislike the discord this subject has caused among communities that we have had such good relationships with. Will that now be jeopardized? Over the past ten years we have only worked to foster those relationships with cooperative efforts. A good example of that was in 2005 when Northfield stood by our side in our attempt to regionalize Fire Departments. I look forward to continue to have good relationships with our neighbors. It’s in the hands of the State Legislators now.
On February third, Congressman Dave Joyce announced that he has nominated 29 local students in the 14th Congressional District, to the United States service academies. Among those listed and going to the U.S. Naval Academy is Matthew Winkler from Macedonia. Congratulations and good luck Matthew. We are proud of you!
We will be working with Channel Five on a program they have called: “Keeping you safe where you live”. Macedonia has been chosen as one of five communities in Summit County to formulate a program. I will be working with Chief Golden and Detective Turley to follow up and trying to have the program ready by March. If your Homeowners Association or your block would like to participate, please call my office.
We are presently working with Council to do our 2014 budget which has to be completed and voted on by the end of March. It is not an easy task. Just a couple of reasons why it is so tough are that the City is facing a $1.3 million dollar lose of revenue because we lowered our City income tax and we have not raised our real estate tax in years. For example: a $100,000 house pays the City $157.44 (annually!) in real estate taxes. Those are some huge hurdles to overcome in a City that keeps growing by leaps and bounds. And as it grows, it needs more services.
Thats the financial news on the local level…on the State Level, House Bill 5 has passed the House of Representatives by a 56 to 39 vote and will now move to the Senate. This is not good news. This bill will force the Cities to allow the State to dictate some City Income Tax procedures. City Income Tax is our main source of revenue. All of the Mayor’s and their Associations and The Ohio Municipal League are fighting this bills passage. As it worked it’s way through the House we were able to gain ground on this bills original devastating effect on us. We have accomplished some concessions. We will continue to fight the fight as it goes through the Senate. The end result must be a bill that will protect our businesses to encourage economic development, and also our right to home rule and main source of revenue. I need to thank our State Senator Frank LaRose for helping us and being our advocate.