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2 EXTRAEast Central THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday. October 8, 1991 Tax credit iuie heatie 'It's a matter of principle' g up Norwood council may vote to override mayor's veto i nrj JV( IfjyM Joe Hochbein Joe Sanker extend the earnings tax credit to people who work in counties that charge an earnings tax. Previously, only residents paying earnings taxes in other cities were given the tax credit. Mayor Joe Sanker vetoed the ordinance Sept. 20. But council is expected to override that veto at today's meeting. Political move? Opponents of the earnings tax credit complain that it is a political move to benefit just a few residents, and that it is an unwise financial move for Norwood again facing a large , deficit. Hensley said that while he is proud of his city and its good schools, he can't recommend co-workers live there because of the taxes they would have to pay. Norwood will suffer if the tax codes aren't rectified soon, he said. "If people looking to live in a city look into the taxes, Norwood will lose out," he said. "I don't want to see Norwood shut people out of the housing market because of unfair taxes." - JANET C. WETZEL A Norwood resident who pays earnings taxes twice because he works in Campbell County, Ky., said he's seeking a tax law change in Norwood not just to save himself money, but for the good of the city. "All it involves for me is $237.50 a year. That's not worth all the argument," said Gary Hensley, who has lived in Norwood for seven years. "It's become a matter of principle ... and where we want to take Norwood in the future." After learning that Cincinnati and St. Bernard give their residents an earnings tax credit in situations like his, Hensley said he figured Norwood's system was just an oversight that could be corrected easily. But he learned that was not to be. Joe Hochbein, the councilman in their ward, took the matter before council after discussing it with Hensley and his wife, Patricia, in August, 1990. After many months of discussions, during which Hensley addressed council three times, council voted 7-2 on Sept. 10 to BY JANET C. WETZEL The Cincinnati Enquirer Norwood officials are heatedly debating a proposal that the city give credit on earnings taxes to residents who work in counties with such taxes. The proposal also has council looking to override the mayor's first veto during today's meeting. An ordinance passed last month by council extends the earnings tax credit, now given only for Norwood residents who work in another city, to those who pay earnings tax in a county. Some say the financially strapped city can't afford to give up the tax. But proponents say the tax code change is needed to remove the double-tax burden on some residents and to encourage growth in the city. Councilman Don Johnson, who along with Councilman Mike Bain voted against the ordinance, called the action a "political favor." "It's the principle involved," Johnson said. "I support the veto. I will never support selective legislation . . . doing something for a "during an election year and only on the request of a couple?" Sanker asked. Tax code changes should be by a vote of the people at the polls, not by council, Sanker said. The money is a significant loss, but the main issue is doing what's right, Johnson said. Hochbein and other council members have argued that people who work in counties that charge an earnings tax will be encouraged to move to Norwood if the double taxation aspect is removed. "In the long term the change will help our city and expand the tax base," by bringing in other residents who work in counties, he said. Regardless of whether the ordinance is the "right thing," it will not hurt the city's tax base, Hochbein said. The cities of Cincinnati and St. Bernard already give the credit. "I think the veto is a poor decision by mayor Sanker and respectfully think it shows a lack of vision for the future of our city," Hochbein said. "Our tax laws should be updated to keep in step with the times." tax unless they operate under a charter, said Paul Fallon, with the Hamilton County Commissioners office. Only Summit County now has a charter. Norwood would lose about $5,000 with the tax change, based on an estimate that 25-50 Norwood residents work in a Kentucky county, said John Hanrahan, city tax commissioner. Hochbein said Norwood should be prepared for the future. Ohio law could change or counties could seek charters, he said. Council passed the ordinance Sept. 10 by a vote of 7-2. Mayor Joe Sanker exercised his veto power for the first time in his eight years in office. But council is expected to override it today. More money needed Sanker said council acted irresponsibly in passing the ordinance. "We have a deficit of about $1.7 million," Sanker said. "Council has not done anything constructive to bring in any more money. I resent them giving the city's money away." And why address the ordinance handful of residents." Councilman Joe Hochbein, who proposed the ordinance, said it will mean fair treatment for Gary and Patricia Hensley, who came to him about the issue more than a year ago. Hensley pays 2 earnings taxes to Norwood, and 0.95 in Campbell County, Ky., where he works. "This ordinance treats the Hen-sleys the same way as other people who live in Norwood and work elsewhere," Hochbein said. "That's tax equality. Tax fairness. Not special treatment." The tax credit would mainly affect Norwood residents who work in Northern Kentucky. Ohio counties cannot levy an earnings SPORTS St. Ursula: 6We try harder' on soccer field ' ''A """" " i I i M, I Ak ' -I f . - - Fabers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 lifestyle. Cecil said he just bought a new car for the first time in 31 years, a Cadillac "but I have no more use for it than I do a bicycle." He drives an old pickup truck to work. Harry Heskamp, known to many as Mount Lookout's unofficial "mayor," said the Fabers "are part of most everything that goes on around here." And developer Jim Gould, who leases space from Cecil, praised him as "one of the finest individuals I've ever dealt with. But they broke the mold when they made him." Businesses like Rohde's Funeral Directors and Zip's Cafe have been on the square for more than 40 years. The Fabers' Mount Lookout Theater, which opened in the late 1930s, they reopened last week as Del Frisco's. "When Gone With the Wind came . . . people would just stand in line to go," Frances Faber recalled. "A lot of times, people would pay just to go stand in the back foyer and watch it." Faber's family started building memories in the early 1800s. Her grandfather operated a metalworking business in Cincinnati and lived in Mount Lookout. His son, Boesch, bought the land near the Mount Lookout "dummy" train stop in 1901 and eventually built a house where the train stop used to be. The dummy train was a six-wheel steam engine that traveled from Erie to Eastern avenues, hauling mainly passengers. Frances remembered her mother's stories about cattle roaming up Erie Avenue, and she recalled that crossing Mount Lookout Square was a dangerous venture. The square then was dominated by houses, including one her grandmother lived in. But soon, commercial buildings began springing up, courtesy of her father. "Dad had a lot of builder friends," she said. "In those days, it would be, 'I'll put your roof on if you'll do my electric work.' " Nowadays, the Fabers take much the same tack with their tenants. They provide parking on the lots behind the square and help to maintain the buildincs. players, so depth is a bit of a problem. But that's where conditioning comes in. We like to think we're in a little better condition than some teams." Hartoin credits "a lot of hard work and some long, hard practices" with putting St. Ursula where it is in soccer. "Late in the game, we feel we can do a lot of things because we're in good condition," she said. "This is a young team," said Ross, "but we don't seem to be that far apart in age. Everyone gets along well. The older players don't look down on the young ones." A close-knit team The team gets together before almost every game at a player's house for a team meal. "Because we have players from all over town, we usually have someone who lives near where we're playing a game," Hartoin said. "And the team is close in school and on the field." Ross said one of the reasons for strength at midfield is "there hasn't been a lot of change in personnel at midfield this season. Everyone knows what to expect." Donovan, from Hyde Park, said another reason for the team's success is "we play well together. And we've overcome a lot of problems, like with the goalie position." She said she found the move from goal to sweeper "an easy transition. And on this team everyone helps out." Sheehan, an Anderson Township resident and a controller for a small company, grins when he describes his coaching job as "a hobby." "I really enjoy this," he said. "I've coached a lot of really good athletes and I've had fun doing it." BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer There are no superstars on the St. Ursula Academy soccer team, just a group of girls who try a little harder and win a lot. St. Ursula, with just two seniors on head coach Bob Sheehan's squad, has become the class act of the Girls Greater Cincinnati League, clinching a tie for the regular season league title last week with a 3-0 shutout of McAuley. "We have a lot of young players, but in terms of attitude and togetherness, this is an excellent team," said Sheehan, in his eighth season as the head coach and savoring his 100th career victory following the McAuley game. Two seniors lead way St. Ursula's senior leadership comes from stopper Kelly Hartoin of Delhi Township and midfielder Nikki Ross of Anderson Township. "They've both been on the varsity for four years, and they know it's their turn to take over," Sheehan said. After 13 games, St. Ursula had a 11-1-1 record despite some early problems with injuries and changes at the goalkeeper position. Sheehan explained that junior Emily Donovan started the year at goal, but fractured a finger and had to step out. "Another player took over in goal, but she transferred to Oldenberg (Ind.)," he said. "So we put Kiesha Techau (of Landen) in goal. She was a fullback and had never played goalie before." But typical of the efforts of the St. Ursula players, Techau, after losing to Anderson, 4-1, came back with eight consecutive shutouts. "Nikki (Ross) and I have played with ! X,, 'if " v ' ' i .nam , I ' r m L The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman St. Ursula stopper Kelly Hartoin is one of two seniors on the varsity team. four different goalies in four years," Hartoin said with a laugh. "But we try harder to help Kiesha out, and she's played really well." Sheehan said he feels the midfield is St. Ursula's strength. "We have some of our best players at midfield, and we have built around them. We only have 17 Sycamore Flying Fish team to register swimmers this week Sports digest Catholic Youth Organization and athletic club coaches $10 and entire coaching staffs $40. For information, call 851-7300. The Fabers said they enjoy working with several local charities, including the Shriners Burns Institute and Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Retirement? Out of the question, they said. Debbie Wessel, the Fabers' daughter, recalled once asking her parents, " 'Why don't you just sell everything and move (to Florida)?' And they said, no way. They want to keep it in the family, and that's the way it's going to be, I guess. I don't see anything changing." GOLF BENEFIT: Milford Athletic Boosters Club will hold its fourth golf outing Oct. 20 at Indian Valley Golf Course, Newtown. It will be a four-person scramble with special prizes for closest to the pin, hole in one and longest drive. The $45 entry fee covers golf, cart, refreshments on the course and a steak dinner afterward at Milford's American Legion post. For sign-up information, call Glynn Johnson at 683-4813 or Don Wood Jr., boosters club president, at 831-6861 or 831-1451. The tournament was not held in 1990, but in 1989, 164 Letters The Sycamore Flying Fish swim team will conduct registration Wednesday and Thursday for boys and girls 5 through 14 who live in the Sycamore Community School District. The fees are $50 for registration, $25 for U.S. Swimming Federation membership and $15 for entry fee deposit. Parents are asked to attend the registration meetings. Sign ups for children 8 and under and first-year 9-year-olds will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9- and 10-year-olds at 8 p.m. Wednesday and those 11 and older 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Last year, the Sycamore Flying Fish finished fourth among 12 teams in the Queen City Developmental League. For additional information, call the pool at 489-0134. rolled well," said Kim Knapt after she recently bowled a three-game 715 series at Princeton Bowl, Springdale. ' Her games were 235, 224 and 256 in the Wednesday morning Princetonettes four-ladies league. Knapt, 36, a Springdale resident, had a previous high series of 702 at Madison Bowl in 1986 where she also posted her best game, 265. She has a 187 game average, a shade below her 201 best-ever, also at Madison. She bowls in three leagues at Princeton and Madison. Reporters Steve Hoffman and Terry Flynn compile sports notes for EXTRA. Call Hoffman at 733-1984 and Flynn at 860-7103 with your neighborhood sports news. CRAPPIE CHAMPIONSHIP: The 1991 Hamilton County Park District's crappie fishing championship is set for Oct. 20, but crappie enthusiasts have another tuneup 7 a.m. Saturday at Miami Whitewater Forest Lake. Weigh-in is at noon. Entry fee: $15 per two-person team. For information, call 367-9632. The crappie championship is scheduled for Winton Woods Lake on Sunday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding with the noon weigh-in. For information about entry qualifications, prizes, etc., call 521-PARK. BASKETBALL CLINIC: Bob Huggins, basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati, and Joby Wright, Miami University coach, headline the speakers for the 1991 Northwest Basketball Clinic Sunday at Northwest High School, 10761 Pippin Road. Huggins speaks at 1 p.m., and is followed by Mike Mueller of Lakota High, John Smith of Hamilton High, Gene Mehaffey, Ohio Wesleyan University head coach, and Wright. Similar clinics at Northwest have drawn between 70 and 150 coaches. Registration fee for high school and college coaches is $15, CAREER HIGH: "I had a lot of luck, my timing and my line were good, everything seemed to go into the pocket, everything EAST CENTRAL ZONE Would like to see Soap Box Derby To the editor: I read with great interest your article of Sept. 6 "Cincinnati youth deserve the Soap Box." As a four-time participant, twice runner-up and city champion in 1968, I know what the Soap Box Derby has meant to me and the hundreds of other youths who participated during the 1960s. My hope in writing to you was that perhaps the other former Soap Box Derby supporters may have written to you as well. If it is possible to get a group together, then a Soap Box Derby competition may again be in Cincinnati's future. If you have received similar letters, could you please forward names, addresses or phone numbers, and I will contact them to see what the interest level is. Thanks again for giving the Soap Box Derby the publicity level it deserves and igniting the spark that may again bring a derby to Cincinnati. Michael J. White 2704 Royalwoods Court Cincinnati, Ohio 45244 Reaching us General information...,....,..,................,....721-2700 Advertising 369-1781 EXTRA news.... 860-5180 Circulation 651-4500 Reader editor 369-1851 Submissions Calendar items for The Enquirer EXTRA must be received one week prior to publication. Other items for Tuesday's EXTRA must be reciefved by 2 p.m. the preceding Thursday; other items for Friday's EXTRA are needed by 2 p.m. the previousTuesday. Items should be typed and include a description of the event, person or award with name, address, phone, date, place, time and cost, if applicable. Include a black-and-white glossy photograph if possible. 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