Why is the city saying that they won’t build the new firehouse unless they are able to raise new revenue when the funds for the firehouse were passed in a previous tax issue?

The city has been working diligently as the funds for construction have been accruing to secure a potential location for the new firehouse. With the reduction in revenue since 2008, the project plan has been evaluated against fiscal responsibility. Although funds have been accrued to build the structure, without additional revenue the city would not have the funds available to staff the firehouse if it was built. Without having the revenue to ensure staffing levels beyond 2015, and to remain fiscally responsible, the city is holding off on the construction process. However, if additional revenue is created, the existing plans will be immediately finalized, and the project will be able to begin.

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1. What is the state of the city’s financial situation?
2. Why hasn’t the city informed the residents of this financial situation?
3. If the city knew it was spending its cash reserves, why is the music center being built?
4. How was the construction contract for the music center awarded?
5. How does the cost of our music center compare to the one built in Cincinnati?
6. What is the projected economic development impact of the music center?
7. What will the music center’s impact on our city’s safety services be?
8. Why did the city opt to do a phone poll/why was I not called?
9. Where can I view specific information regarding the city’s financial status?
10. If the city is forced to reduce safety and city services, what specifically will be cut?
11. Why is the city saying that they won’t build the new firehouse unless they are able to raise new revenue when the funds for the firehouse were passed in a previous tax issue?
12. Why is the city talking about raising taxes instead of making do with less money?
13. What exactly is taxed in an earned income tax?
14. Are you proposing a temporary or permanent earned income tax?
15. What cuts has the city already made, prior to the discussion of the earned income tax?
16. What was the recent action City Council passed about putting a tax levy on the ballot?
17. How can I participate in having my voice heard by city officials?
18. I understand the city is getting ready to negotiate new labor contracts for all the union workers in Huber Heights. Who will be representing the taxpayers in these negotiations of the new contracts?
19. When does the city expect to receive the $1.8 million check from DEC company that was presented to the City?
20. Can the city explain the use of the Emergency Clause that seems to be used for legislative actions taken by the City?
21. What will the official ballot language be for Issue 9?