By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Thanksgiving fell on Monday at Cincinnati City Hall this year, and Martin Luther King Day was on a Tuesday.
That's according to a Cincinnati Recreation Commission calendar printed with $10,965 of taxpayer money - one of the many ways the city wastes money on printing, says Councilman Pat DeWine.
Mr. DeWine wants taxpayers to know how much is being spent on all those glossy annual reports, calendars and promotional materials.
Under his proposal, every mass printing would have to disclose how many copies were printed, the cost per copy, and the name of the city official who authorized it.
Many states and federal agencies have similar requirements.
"Ever since I've been on council, I've been inundated with stuff - the things I get from city agencies day after day," Mr. DeWine said. "We're spending a lot of money on things that don't improve basic city services."
The Metropolitan Sewer District produced 1,500 copies of its 28-page, full-color annual report for $11,605, including $4,730 just to design it. Cost per copy: $7.73.
The Cincinnati Parks Department spent $12,000 for a Krohn Conservatory brochure. At 30,000 copies, the cost per copy was 40 cents.
The Cincinnati Water Works spent $11,507 on 20,000 copies of an "At Your Service" brochure. Cost per copy: 57 cents.
"Does anybody have any better water or sewer service because of this?" Mr. DeWine asked at Monday's Finance Committee meeting, surrounded by turkey decorations in mocking celebration of the misplaced holiday.
TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Doctors look for insurance cure
Enquirer gets new editor
U.S. Rep. Lucas considers switch to Republican party
Police agencies prepare for drunken-driver blitz
Fountain holiday displays on trial
CLIFF RADEL COLUMN
Manly work duds make statement
CINCINNATI - HAMILTON COUNTY
Implosion risks rated minimal
Food pantries struggle to meet demand
Archbishop backs `living wage' proposal
Mariemont school fills library gap
Security system traps bank robbery suspect
Art project name: 'Bats Incredible'
City `ambassadors' efforts refocused
Man charged in mother's beating death
DeWine: City printing wastes money
Blood drives seek to head off shortage
Firefighters, trustees split over vacations
Small businesses to do Freedom Center work
CPS to expand tutor services
Police seek suspects in shooting
AROUND THE TRISTATE
Thanksgiving Day closings
After year off, many pack bags for holiday
Obituary: Jean Martha Strasser, 92, outgoing, kind
Good News: Last batch of coats available
Butler airport dealing for more acres
Lakota losing two officials
Renovated restaurant burns down
Accused businessman to be in court today
Purse-snatching suspect in custody
Man indicted on election fraud charge
Loveland to sell White Pillars
Overload forces halt to clothing donations
Craven sister: Home tense
Regulator: Birchtree wouldn't get license renewed, anyway
Escapee headed to S.C. to face charges