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Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#22 Jan 21, 2014
Gosh wrote:
Huntington was, like so many cities, unprepared for the changes brought on by loss of manufacturing within the city and the area. Constant squabbling over what to do has kept us from recovering more quickly.
The insistence of the people in thinking we can recreate the Huntington of the 1950's and 1960's caused the MOST damage to the recovery of the City.
We have invested far less than we needed and are even now reluctant to take any ownership in where we go from here, we just keep saying no, no, no.
And we wonder why it never seems to change.
It doesn't change because the handful of a-holes who run and own everything don't want it to change. Why would they? They have all the money and the power, they created their own little heaven around them and they're not letting ANYONE in to disrupt their way of doing business.
alligator jackson

Portage, MI

#23 Jan 21, 2014
Layoff all the new positions Mayor Steve created. Budget tight and do not grow government and use all surpluses to go to a fund to be saved to fix sewers
Take charge of the drug problem. Be aware and admit there is one and bring community together to increase awareness and to help much like Manchester, Ky did in the documentry Appalachian Dawn
Lobby to try to get the magistrate system overturned.
Quit raising taxes and fees which means spending must be reduced.
alligator jackson

Portage, MI

#24 Jan 21, 2014
alligator jackson wrote:
Layoff all the new positions Mayor Steve created. Budget tight and do not grow government and use all surpluses to go to a fund to be saved to fix sewers
Take charge of the drug problem. Be aware and admit there is one and bring community together to increase awareness and to help much like Manchester, Ky did in the documentry Appalachian Dawn
Lobby to try to get the magistrate system overturned.
Quit raising taxes and fees which means spending must be reduced.
Oh yeah try to get the penalty for prostitution to be much harsher
cindy

Hockessin, DE

#25 Jan 21, 2014
Yeah but more taxes and fees aren't the answer.
Gosh wrote:
Huntington was, like so many cities, unprepared for the changes brought on by loss of manufacturing within the city and the area. Constant squabbling over what to do has kept us from recovering more quickly.

The insistence of the people in thinking we can recreate the Huntington of the 1950's and 1960's caused the MOST damage to the recovery of the City.

We have invested far less than we needed and are even now reluctant to take any ownership in where we go from here, we just keep saying no, no, no.

And we wonder why it never seems to change.
Gosh

Huntington, WV

#26 Jan 22, 2014
More of your bullsh*t.

Level 4

Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#27 Jan 22, 2014
Gosh wrote:
More of your bullsh*t.
I was agreeing with you. So I guess yours was BS too.
Gosh

Huntington, WV

#28 Jan 22, 2014
cindy wrote:
Yeah but more taxes and fees aren't the answer.
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It takes money to do these things. What would you propose?

Level 4

Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#29 Jan 22, 2014
Gosh wrote:
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It takes money to do these things. What would you propose?
The taxpayer base must be expanded. There is no other way for a city built for 100,000 can now be maintained by a city that only houses 48,000. But the greedy douchebags in power do everything within their resources to constantly block outside interest,for if not, they feel they will lose the town hey have control over, and they cant have that, they're too afraid.
Gosh

Huntington, WV

#30 Jan 23, 2014
How would you expand the tax base when you say it can't be done?

Level 4

Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#31 Jan 23, 2014
Gosh wrote:
How would you expand the tax base when you say it can't be done?
Im not saying it CANT be done, IM saying it WONT be done by those currently in power.
Mayor-elect

Hockessin, DE

#32 Jan 23, 2014
I would run all the idiots out of town. Wouldn't cost near as much to provide for less than 2 dozen residents.
Gosh

Huntington, WV

#33 Jan 23, 2014
nohalgerg wrote:
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Im not saying it CANT be done, IM saying it WONT be done by those currently in power.
Fair enough. If we felt we need to add $1,000,000 (new money) to the City revenues within 12 months from today how would you do it within our current options?

Level 4

Since: Dec 12

Front Royal, VA

#34 Jan 23, 2014
Gosh wrote:
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Fair enough. If we felt we need to add $1,000,000 (new money) to the City revenues within 12 months from today how would you do it within our current options?
12 months is the hard part, long term it would be easy.
To ADD money short term:
Toll roads. Railroad usage fees. Fines for those delinquent on the property and business taxes.
Fines for landlords who disregard city ordinances and covenants. Additional 1% hotel splodge tax. Htown -based taxi-cabs.

Add money- Longer term:
Outside investors in municipal bonds. 2-3 year tax breaks on new businesses that employ 100 people or more, if they set up ship downtown and provide a service/retail that is needed.
There is no reason local retail cannot be revisited downtown. Buy-out Pulman-square strip mall.Too much of our money goes out-of-state. More extensive partnership with hospitals and Marshall to address the real needs of the 15 thousand students, and patients. Buy-out, modernize and rename the Big Sandy, it once was a highly booked facility that generated a lot of revenue.

to save money
Internal assessment of waste and performance within our city government. There are too many employees who do nothing and are paid.
Restructure city employee pensions. Dissolve policeman's union. Ceasing expensive and non-needed renovations. Eliminate no-bid contracts. Rental caps: in the past 5 years over 100 businesses have closed just in the downtown grid, many re-opened but will likely follow suit of those before them: with a 50% commercial vacancy rate, landlords are writing of the loss and we are picking up the tab, which is particularly bad when they intentionally dont rent out their properties.

And if I had the power, I'd start taxing the churches. The tithings some of them receive is insane and little of that money ever finds it way back into the community. They ALL need to give back in helpful ways or be taxed.

just a few ideas off the top of my head.
cindy

Hockessin, DE

#35 Jan 23, 2014
Make people want to live and do business in town. Prospering businesses will increase revenues through b&o tax and increases property values. When they're making money it's not a bad tax. Running everybody out of town with taxes and fees not in the surrounding areas that are prospering brings everything down. The rain tax will get nothing accomplished and create more dilapidated structures for Detroit to move in to.
Gosh wrote:
<quoted text>It takes money to do these things. What would you propose?
sheila

United States

#36 Jan 25, 2014
alot of great post's and ideas. Love the feed back. i think most of us could do a better job than some of our city leaders we have now.
bf

Hockessin, DE

#37 Jan 25, 2014
Put more salt on the roads

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