Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:51 PM
Unfortunately, this proposed infrastructure plan is highly based on the states and local governments coming up with matching funds, which is how much of the work is now being done. But states like Ohio have continued to reduce taxes to a point where there is no shared money left. Cities and small towns are left to raise taxes at the local level to fund projects. Now some would argue that if the people in a community want new roads, new bridges, new rail lines, they are going to have to levy themselves via tax hikes to pay for it.
Awareness has finally reached our local boards, councils and commissions that all the tax cuts in Columbus have left the state government with little money to distribute to localities and thus taxes need to be raised there to have improvements. Many areas of our state are so poor that they cannot raise taxes to acquire the needed funds to pave roads or fix sewer systems.
And the chances of any state money being used for improving rail service in Ohio are little and none. I await the reaction to the president's infrastructure budget since much of it, as earlier noted, is a smoke and mirrors plan that will likely have difficulty in passing in the House, when the people figure out that most of the infrastructure funding is going to come directly out of their pockets.
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