Here is the video for last night’s trustee meeting. The township officials announced that they will be allowing another high ranking official double dip, and then they said that it saves the taxpayer money because in his new position his salary will be paid for with grant money. Not sure where they think the grant money comes from. Pretty sure that comes from taxes. The officer in question will be allowed to retire with full pension and then be re-hired by the township as a contractor. They also passed an emergency measure creating regulations for “teen clubs.” I didn’t even know we had any teen clubs in the township. But it’s an emergency… And apparently you’re not allowed to bring political signs for candidates to the meetings, but it is OK for someone to give a presentation on a ballot issue this fall, and it’s also OK for the township to tell people where they can get signs if it’s for an issue they want to see pass.
We’re having some technical difficulties with the video from yesterday’s meeting. The video got corrupted and would not export from our camera properly. There is a section of about 5 seconds where the corrupted data took place and we are having difficulty getting it encoded so that the video player will not die… Still working on it, and if we can salvage the video we will certainly post it online as soon as it is available. The meeting itself was pretty non-eventful, so you didn’t really miss anything…
Just received a sunshine notice from the township administration. The work session meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, August 27, has been rescheduled from 4:30pm to 8:00am. We will be there with our video camera. In addition to that, the regular trustee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, at 5:30pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 12, at 5:30pm because November 11 is Veteran’s Day.
Here is the video from the regular trustee meeting last night. Check out the public participation section at the end and the non-answers that were provided to the residents of the Seven Hills neighborhood. Pretty astounding if you ask me…
While it’s far from finished, Kyle Hufford, our group’s president published his new website today and officially announced his candidacy for township trustee in 2015 against the #2 democrat in Hamilton County. She will be very well funded, so we will need your help! Check out his website here.
We received the second amended return for the pro-JEDZ PAC, Citizens for the Future of Springfield Township yesterday. It’s a joke. It’s become obvious to us that the board of elections isn’t going to do anything about their amateur reporting skills, and the Ohio Election Commission has bigger fish to fry, so we are just going to use the court of public opinion on this one. Here is a copy of the report.
If you compare this report to the original filing and the first amended report they filed, you will notice that they changed what they needed to change in order to be in compliance. This does not change the fact that it was originally reported wrong and it seems to us that they are still in violation, and all this new amended report does is try to cover their violations up.
First, you will notice that they actually got the date of the election correct, I guess I have to give them kudos for that one. Second, the original report and the first amended report both showed an illegal cash donation of $200 (donations more than $100 have to be in the form of a check). So the treasurer, John Allen, now makes it look as if his wife contributed half of that. Third, on the first amended report there was a check from the township seniors that was dated before the pre-primary filing deadline which would have put them over the $1000 threshold, requiring them to file a pre-primary campaign finance report. In this new report, they simply changed the date.
It’s all a bunch of BS, but there’s nothing we can really do about it except shine a spotlight on all the shady stuff that is going on, for instance… A simple search on the Clerk of Court website turns up that at least one of the poll workers they hired is a criminal. Gojuan Spurling has an enormous rap sheet including theft, drugs, possession of a firearm under disability, felonious assault, you name it. Over 40 municipal and common pleas cases.
Makes you wonder where they found these people, and what lengths they will go to in order to win an election. It’s pretty sad…
The JEDZ tax that passed in May is based on Mt. Healthy’s tax rate. The contract states that the rate of the JEDZ tax (currently 1.5%, which is Mt. Healthy’s current tax rate) cannot exceed the rate that Mt. Healthy has. Well, Mt. Healthy is most likely putting an issue on the ballot in November that raises that tax rate to 2%. If that happens, the JEDZ board, without any voter approval in Springfield Township, can increase the JEDZ tax to 2% as well.
We’ve been ringing this bell for a long time, this is one of the many reasons we said the JEDZ tax was a bad idea. Didn’t think our predictions would come true this quickly. It’s a shame…
Here’s a link to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the tax increase…
We received a notice from the township that the CIC meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am has been canceled. The next regular CIC meeting is going to be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am. I have inquired as to the reason for the cancellation but have not received a response.
UPDATE – The township responded to my email stating that one of the board members is out of town and that there are no action items to be brought before the board and those are the reasons for the cancellation.
Great news! Cincinnati Tea Party Founder, Mike Wilson, has agreed to be nominated for appointment for central committee in precinct Springfield-T. This is one of the spots that was unfilled after the May primary election. So we now have 6 of the 14 empty seats filled, only 8 more to go! Here is the list of people we are nominating for open seats:
Alecia Bradford – Springfield-A
Theodore (Ted) Lierl – Springfield-N
Mike Wilson – Springfield-T
Ryan Gifford – Springfield-X
Phillip Rowe – Springfield-Y
Katherine (Kate) Blanton – Springfield-Z
Here is a list of seats that still need filled:
If you or anyone you know might be interested in filling one of these open positions, please contact us! It is vitally important that we get as many nominees for open seats as we can before the next executive committee meeting.