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Does Anyone Pity Smokers?
Submitted by Roldo on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 15:53.
Pity the poor smokers.
The latest calculations out of County Auditor Frank Russo’s office show that cigarette smokers have contributed $28 million to the Arts & Culture Tax (at least this one was voted upon). That’s since February. And that's a lot of money.
Smokers also have contributed another $10 million since the start of the shift in the so-called “Sin tax” for Gateway to pay for Browns Stadium. That is since 2005.
That’s $38 million. It should be enough to help smokers stop. However, addictive substances in tobacco hook people. It isn’t easy to break this addiction.
To date, Cuyahoga County residents (only ones upon whom these taxes are levied) have contributed $29,577,139.86 (including interest income) to the Arts & Culture tax.
The Gateway “sin” tax, now applied for 10 extra years to the Browns Stadium, has cost taxpayers for cigarettes, alcohol, beer and wine $41,918,290.
I have been keeping up with these costs as, I guess, a public service.
I don’t know who will tell Cuyahoga County taxpayers how much they are contributing to the convention business once bonds are let for it and the medical mart.
They will be significant, however.
To end on an amusing, if not laughable, note, I list the members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Site Selection Committee. You can decide whether your interests were in any way any consideration in the choice of Forest City’s $40-million site for the convention center. Here they are:
- Christopher Connor, CEO, Sherwin-Williams.
I know you are all impressed.
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