Sunday, November 05, 2000

Apartment group changes stance, supports CPS levy




By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association will support Cincinnati Public Schools' 6-mill, $35.8 million levy.

        Charles Tassell, the group's director of government affairs, said the association will also be active in supporting candidates for school board in upcoming elections.

        The support is a change of heart for the association, which had donated $12,400 to the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) and also helped fund anti-levy ads during Cincinnati school levy campaigns in March 2000 and November 1999.

        COAST used that money to produce radio ads urging a “No” vote on the levy. Those ads are now being played on six Tristate radio stations.

        This week, the apartment association board voted to withdraw that contribution, after speaking with Cincinnati Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski.

        Mr. Tassell said the board was concerned about teacher quality and how much money the district spends on each student. He said Mr. Adamowski detailed the district's teacher evaluation system and how the district spends its money.

        “The cost of doing business in Hamilton County is higher than in some other areas,” Mr. Tassell said. “We can see why the district is spending more. We decided to withdraw our opposition at this point. If what it takes is believing and trusting (Mr. Adamowski), we are ready to do that.”

        Tom Brinkman, COAST organizer, said the radio ads will continue to run. He said a recent fund-raiser brought in $20,000, including the $12,400 from the apartment owners.

       



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