Thursday, May 27, 2004

Norwood official sees levy going down



By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

NORWOOD - One councilman here already thinks the 14-mill tax levy the city is seeking on the August ballot is headed for a big defeat.

"I'm going to be honest with you. I really don't think it's going to pass," Michael Fulmer said Tuesday. "I think it's going down as the biggest defeat in (Norwood) history."

Voters will decide whether to pass the five-year levy Aug. 3. If approved, it will generate $5.2 million a year.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Norwood resident Nettie Gray, 72. "I think with the kind of money Norwood is bringing in, they should be able to do a better financial job then they are doing."

Fulmer said he has been approached by several residents who say they can't afford the additional $418 per year the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home.

"It wouldn't be for me, but I know a lot of people in my age group that it probably would be hard for," Gray said.

Mayor Tom Williams appeared irritated with Fulmer's remarks and encouraged council to present a united front.

"If we don't have a positive attitude about this ... if we're not positive, then I don't know how anybody else will," he said.




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