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(11/21/09): CPS Board Members Ready to Give $5 Million to Hamilton County to Save Stadium Fund? PDF Print E-mail
The Cincinnati NAACP is very concerned that Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board members are negotiating with Hamilton County Commissioners to forgo receipt of the $5 million contractual payment from the stadium deal.

 

 

 

Media Release
Cincinnati NAACP
November 21, 2009
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The Cincinnati NAACP is very concerned that Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board members are negotiating with Hamilton County Commissioners to forgo receipt of the $5 million contractual payment from the stadium deal.  The County Commissioners announced this week that they plan to break their contract with Hamilton County voters which was not to raise Hamilton County property taxes.  Per the county's budget deficit, the Commissioners claim that breaking the contract and raising taxes is the only way to meet the shortfall.  Now, County Commissioners are seeking to break another contract by keeping the $5 million they owe the Cincinnati Public School District as a means of saving the shortfall in the stadium fund. It is clear that the deal that Jeff Berding, Roxanne Qualls, and Bedinghaus sold to voters is falling apart.
Not long ago, City Councilmembers Jeff Berding and Chris Bortz announced that they were going to keep the $5 million the City owed to CPS without having discussed it with the CPS Board.  The School Board members quickly and emphatically stated that they were not going to allow the City to keep the money that was owed by contract to Cincinnati Public Schools.  Both the City and the County serve as pass-through entities that are obligated to make the payment to the School District.  However, the County is proposing the same scenario and the CPS Board members are considering it and plan to vote on Monday, November 23, 2009. " This is not a vote the Cincinnati Public School Board Members will make in the dark," Smitherman says.
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If CPS agrees to allow the County to keep the $5 million, it will send a strong message to voters that CPS does not need a levy passed in 2010.  CPS is not a bank. Cincinnati NAACP Branch president, Christopher Smitherman, says, "CPS will be seeking another levy in 2010. If they [CPS Board members] don't need the $5 million from the County, they don't need another levy next year."  Smitherman highlighted that a majority of CPS students are African-American and many of them can't afford to attend a game at the stadium. Also, many of the CPS students are poor.  At least CPS students could benefit from the stadium proceeds. "Who's looking out for the children?" asked Smitherman.
 
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