Preparing for a Snow job
by M. Stewart
I read in today's Review that County Metropolitan Housing Authority's Tom Snow will be attending Monday's East Liverpool City Council meeting to defend CMHA's role in the city.
Will anyone ask for the names and address of the "landlords" who operate individual CMHA-subsidized housing units? Will anyone ask to see figures on how much profit property owners make through the CMHA system?
Will anyone ask how many CMHA clients--including their children, friends, and "associates"--live in CMHA apartment complexes throughout the city? How many live in St. Clair Township? Will anyone ask for accurate crime statistics associated with CMHA clients?
Will anyone ask how many CMHA homes Snow himself owns and operates in the system, or how many CMHA homes are owned and operated by local realtors?
Will anyone ask for the total city income tax collected from CMHA clients and compare that figure to the services they require? Will anyone ask about how the redistribution of Local Government Funding (LGF) affected East Liverpool's ability to provide services to CMHA clients?
I'm sure council has other business to conduct at its meeting, and I'm sure these and other relevant questions cannot all be addressed in one session, but they should be asked and answered prior to inviting still more "section 8" housing into the city. In short, I'm hoping that council members do more than listen to Mr. Snow's well-honed presentation.
Is CMHA the only problem East Liverpool has? Of course not, but we need to know much more about how the subsidized poor affect our town. We need to be willing to connect the dots before indiscriminately tossing more dots into the mix.