Maggie Thurber is a former Lucas County Commissioner who has a multi-media presence in NW Ohio (blogging at Thurber's Thoughts and hosting radio programs in particular). She also is one of the very few female political bloggers in Ohio and even fewer female conservative political bloggers, which is how I came to learn about her. She has not been immune to controversy, but that controversy has absolutely zero to do with blogging, just to be clear.
Because her credentials are solidly in the conservative column (Americans for Prosperity named her 2008 Blogger of the Year), I offer up her post, "It's started - doom and gloom if Toledo doesn't get more tax dollars from its citizens," of hers for Pepper Pike residents to read. As I wrote Maggie in a comment on that blog post, I agree with her theory that tax cuts can help growth. But I view that as a long-term step to be included as an option in a long-term, strategic plan for a city. It does not, as far as I know, do a thing to solve current and predicted shortfalls in payroll obligations and nonpayroll operations.
And so I've left a comment for Maggie with the hope that we will open up a dialogue there regarding how she would deal, right now, with current, right now deficits. Again, to re-emphasize what I've been emphasizing: Toledo and Pepper Pike, as different as they are, are absolutely not alone. Please read this National League of Cities research brief about the struggles faced by cities of all sizes across the country. Very interestingly, the one thing the NLC piece does not mention? The role of taxes in assisting the situation.