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Parking - Taxpayer Letter Response

Parking - Taxpayer Letter Response

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City Solicitor John Curp rejects COAST's contentions that signing Parking Lease exceeded City Manager's authority as granted by the Council.
City Solicitor John Curp rejects COAST's contentions that signing Parking Lease exceeded City Manager's authority as granted by the Council.

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city
of
CINCINNATI
LAW
August
15,
2013
c
Viaemailandregularmail
CPF(a)
fssp-law.com
Christopher
P.
Finney
Finney,Stagnaro,Saba,&
Patterson
Co.,LPA
2623
ErieAvenue
Cincinnati,.
Ohio
45208
Re:
Responsetorequest
forcivil
action
under
R.C.
733.56
concerning
the
authorization
and
execution
of
the
Long-Term
Lease
and
Modernization
Agreement
for
the
City
of
CincinnatiParking
System
Dear
Mr.
Finney:
InyourletterdatedJuly
17,
2013,yourequested
that
thisofficeseekaninjunction
under
R.C.733.56
etseq.
torestrainanallegedabuseofcorporatepowers
and/or
the
executionorperformance
of
acontract.Yourclientsallege
thatthe
Long-TermLease
and
ModernizationAgreementfor
the
CityofCincinnatiParkingSystem("ParkingLease")asexecutedis
not
"substantiallyin
the
form"of
the
version
attached
toOrdinance56-2013.I
must
denyyourrequestbecause,among
other
things:TheLeaseprovides
the
Cityvalueforanunderutilizedasset.
The
changesdo
not
diminish
the
value
that
the
Citywillreceive
or
cost
the
City
or
itstaxpayers
any
additional
money;
Thedifferencesyoudescribeareneithersignificant
nor
material;
The
Leaseisentirelyconsistentwith
the
intentionsof
the
parties
at
the
time
the
Ordinance
was
passed;
TheCityManager
hasthe
authority
and
discretionto
makesuch
changes;
and
Thechangesbenefit
the
City
and
itstaxpayersbyremovingrisks.
Accordingly,
there
isno
harm
to
the
City
or
its
taxpayers
caused
by
the
ministerialchanges
your
clients
are
concerned
about.
Your
argument
seemstobe
that
anythingmore
than
clericalchangescauses
the
ParkingLeaseto
not
be"substantiallyin
the
form"passedbyCouncil.Youciteno
support
for
thisproposition,
and
wecannotfindany.Infact,complaintsabout
the
formoflegislation,likethecomplaintsyourclientshave,donotmeritataxpayerlawsuit.Under
Ohiolaw,
the
mere
existence
of
noncompliant
legislationisinsufficient
to
allowjudicial
interventioninto
government
affairs.
Stateexrel.TeamstersLocalUnionNo.
436
v.Bd.
of
CountyComm'rs,
20i2-Ohio-i86i,
132Ohio
St.3d
47,
HH
16-17(denying
taxpayer
Office
ofthe
CitySolicitor
801
Plum
Street,Suite
214
Cincinnati,
Ohio
45202-1985
P513
3523334
F513
352
1515
www.cincinnati-oh.gov

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