Posted Friday, July 27, 2012
Newsmaker: Wade Steen, Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer
Local property owners are finding out this week what their new real estate valuations are. County officials say values are down about 9% overall. But it will mean little, if any, tax relief. State laws that suppress millage when property values rise, bring up millage when values drop. Mr. Steen will explain how it all works.
Roundtable: Elizabeth Sullivan, editorial page editor, The Plain Dealer; Stan Bullard, senior reporter, Crain’s Cleveland Business; Jill Miller Zimon, blogger, Writes Like She Talks.
More Support for the Port
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s board this week voted to take a new port levy to the ballot this fall. Money would be used to shore up the banks along the Cuyahoga River, repair bulkheads and pay for provisions to dispose of dredging material. The levy is a countywide issue, but in Cleveland will compete for attention with the Cleveland school levy.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora learns Monday how long he’ll spend in prison for his spring conviction on racketeering and bribery charges. Federal prosecutors want Judge Sara Lioi to impose a harsh sentence befitting a former official who betrayed the public trust for personal gain. Dimora’s lawyers argued for a lighter sentence given the non-violent nature of his offenses.
Aftermath in Aurora
A Monday court appearance gave the public its first glimpse of James Holmes, the accused killer of 12 people in a Colorado movie theater. While Holmes’s bizarre outer appearance - including orange-dyed hair - was on display, his inner self remains a closed book. He’s not cooperating with police and has not indicated why he started shooting. The incident has, for now, reignited the national debate over gun control and ramped up gun sales in Colorado.
Big Ban on Campus
Ohio’s Board of Regents wants public universities to ban tobacco use campus-wide. Such a ban would take the existing ban on indoor smoking to a new level. Regents argue that campuses are often the gateway to new smokers and a ban would slam it shut. It would also go a step further and forbid all forms of tobacco use. Officials at Cleveland State and University of Akron say there’s been no consideration yet of a smoking ban.
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