Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, Communities United For Action's editorial on requiring public engagement with our communities was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
CUFA Board President Clark Beck says, "Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders must require public engagement on all major infrastructure and development projects using public resources or tax incentives. Residents are the best experts on the issues facing their neighborhoods. Public officials and government agencies benefit from our expertise, and early, meaningful public engagement saves valuable public resources.
Smart government engages taxpayers to develop solutions to our concerns."
Cincinnati, Ohio - Communities United For Action and its allies are appointed to a Impervious Surface Fee (ISF) Stakeholder Working Group initiated by the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2019 to make recommendations on sewer rate restructuring. Hamilton County appointed two working groups: one with governmental agencies, and one with "stakeholders," ranging from community groups to parking lot owners. On December 10, the "stakeholder" group met to discuss the framework under which changes to sewer rates and stormwater management services may be made.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action delivered 147 letters and a petition for Gov. DeWine to end utility shutoffs to the Hamilton County Board of Health. Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman committed to getting our letters to the Governor.
America is experiencing a public health crisis. COVID-19 affects and will affect poor and working class community members the most. Rather than prioritizing public money on corporate bailouts, we can stand united with frontline communities to ensure our collective well-being through this crisis and rewrite the rules to build a healthier and stronger country for generations to come.
This crisis illuminates the need for a robust public sector that can guarantee housing as a right: a Homes Guarantee. Watch CUFA and People's Action discuss the national Homes Guarantee campaign and how it impacts our local work on Housing issues.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action hosted candidates for the two Hamilton County Commissioner seats up for election on November 3.
On September 23, Communities United For Action (CUFA), the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters (LWV) attended the first meeting of an Impervious Surface Fee Stakeholder group created by the Hamilton County Commissioners in an October 24, 2019 resolution, "for establishing such an impervious surface fee." The 2019 resolution established an Agency Task Force as well, and was the Hamilton County Commissioners response to CUFA and its allies demanding comprehensive restructuring of sewer rates and expansion of customer assistance programs to ensure equitability for all ratepayers.