The all-volunteer committee known as Citizens for Hamilton, which is working for the levy’s passage, has been hosting four meetings this week, the last two of them being from 6:30 to 730 p.m. Wednesday at Linden Elementary School, 801 Hoadley Ave.; and the same time Thursday at Garfield Middle School, 250 N. Fair Ave.
Hamilton resident Keith Harding said he opposes the levy, and the proposed promises will not sway him. He opposes a streets levy, he said, because of money Hamilton spends on other things, such as a ramp Hamilton built last year that linked the hiking/biking path along the shoreline of the Great Miami River with the RiversEdge amphitheater above it that cost $766,000.
Harding also cites last year’s decorative addition of Hamilton’s “Billy Yank” symbol, costing about $150,000, at the railroad overpass that Hamilton paid as part of a $1.9 million rehab of the bridge and nearby sidewalks, as well as money the city has given the non-profit CORE (Consortium for Ongoing Reinvestment Efforts) Fund, which has been transforming the business corridor along High Street downtown and Main Street across the river.
“But we can’t fix our roads without a tax increase?” he asked. Harding argues Hamilton should care for its streets and seek tax levies for such other expenses, which he said seem like extras.
Austin Keckler, a 30-year-old West Side resident, said he thinks the proposed promises are a good idea that should help the levy’s chances.
About direct input from neighborhoods about which of their streets receive funding, he said: “I like that.”
“There’s so many potholes on the streets,” Keckler said. “I drive those streets every day to go to work, and I think they definitely need to improve them somehow, and some way. And I definitely think the money should be used for that.”