After Campaigning for Income Tax Increase, Columbus Police and Fire Forces Get Burned
From Robert Vitale in The Dispatch:
Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s 2010 budget proposal didn’t go over well yesterday with police and fire forces, whose campaigning helped win passage of the city’s first income-tax increase since the early 1980s.
In his $655 million general-fund budget plan, Coleman proposed adding 50 police officers and no firefighters in 2010, even though Columbus expects a wave of retirements in 2011.
“We went out and convinced the public that we needed the tax to maintain safety forces,” said Jack Reall, president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 67.
“There’s no way” the mayor’s plan lives up to that promise, Reall said.
Not only did the unions help make Columbus an even less appealing place for business, they didn’t reap the benefits of those efforts. In a small way, this is justice.
As dozens of Columbus-area women already know, never trust Mike Coleman.