City Council Caucus Meeting (IN-PERSON ONLY)

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Monday, March 13, 2023
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. EDT

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601 Lakeside Ave Cleveland, OH 44114 (Directions)

Cleveland City Hall, Room 220 (large conference room)

NOTE: This is an in-person only meeting.

A City Council Caucus is an informal gathering of Cleveland City Council members. Council members use the meeting to discuss and gain clarity on issues and processes, and to hold political discussions. They do not make any formal decisions or votes in this meeting that change the status of any pending legislation.

Council caucus meetings are held in person and are NOT broadcast by TV20 or live-streamed to council’s YouTube channel.

Documenters: As this is an in-person meeting held when City Hall does not offer free parking, 2 additional hours will be added to your paid assignment hours.

For more information visit to Cleveland City Council’s website: https://www.clevelandcitycouncil.org.

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Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Cleveland - OH Documenters Team

Note-taking by Von Farowe

Caucus looks for ways to improve community development corporations

Note-taking by Karima McCree-Wilson

Caucus looks at rising real estate taxes, role of community development corporations

Live reporting by Rosie Palfy

Council members learn about possible property tax relief for low-income households

Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy
I’m at the @CleCityCouncil Caucus meeting for @cledocumenters & @signalcleveland. #CLEDocumenters has a team of 3 people here taking notes & live-tweeting. twitter.com/rosiepalfy/sta…

10:50 AM Mar 13, 2023 CDT

Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 2/27
A woman just finished a presentation about small business loans. I will provide more details later. This meeting is moving fast. Only 8 of the 17 council members are here. They’ve moved on to a 2nd present action about tax abatement. https://t.co/2IC0ubclC7
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 3/27
Ed Staukhausen (@ELStockhausen) from @CLEProgress is giving a presentation about a tax abatement study. More council members have arrived. https://t.co/Z8ZyHuLHY1
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 4/27
Ed Stockhausen is telling council members how the program can be successful for low-income homeowners. https://t.co/PeanyXY00f
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 5/27
I have never seen a slide presentation move this fast. It is tough to keep up as I take screenshots. I’m going to post photos now & fill in the details later. @CleCityCouncil did not provide a detailed agenda. https://t.co/HoqqoRXOEl
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 6/27
Ed Stockhausen from @CLEProgress discusses the Triennial Impact on Residential Value. https://t.co/WL0AUYO0h1
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 7/27
I apologize because I cannot read the title on this slide. https://t.co/ciP3O5FMjC
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 8/27
A lot of acronyms are being used. They’re discussing Ohio House Bill 1 & how it impacts Cleveland homeowners. https://t.co/CexvU4fUBv
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 9/27
Another slide that I cannot read. Ed Stockhausen is doing an interactive exercise with council members. https://t.co/hQGZVNuxR2
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 10/27
The discussion moves on to how Property Tax Relief could be used across @CuyahogaCounty communities. https://t.co/9rDeFZiiNf
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 11/27
Ed Stockhausen finished his presentation. He’s going to email it to me. I will share it with my fellow Documenters. Council President Blaine Griffin announced that they would take a break while they wait for lunch. The food arrived & @Griff4CLE6 said their break will wait. https://t.co/LtLCIgxzRk
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 12/27
Up next is Jason Powers from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. He discusses @CLEProgress’ Strategic Alignment. https://t.co/0BOUpLVFlB
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 13/27
Correction: The slide above ⬆️ explains the Maturity Model Development Process.

The slide below ⬇️ addressed @CLEProgress’s Strategic Alignment. https://t.co/sifQoVafgn
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 14/27
The presentation moves on to What is Community Development in Cleveland? The discussion includes neighborhood development, community engagement & quality of life. https://t.co/cTtQX5DOnL
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 15/27
The thread🧵continues here. twitter.com/rosiepalfy/sta…
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 16/27
Jason Powers from @CLEProgress leads a discussion about what people are asking community development corporations (CDCs) to do. He shares a slide with 1️⃣4️⃣ examples. https://t.co/QDp1Wkjvxi
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 17/27
Here’s a closer look: Only 3️⃣ activities are eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Those boxes have check ✅ marks next to them. They fall under neighborhood development: business technical assistance, home repair & rehabilitation.👇 https://t.co/NvfQx8rR4G
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 18/27
The 1️⃣1️⃣ ineligible activities have an ❌ in their box. 3️⃣ fall under community engagement — organizing & empowerment, communication & events. Other areas include marketing, city engagement, business attraction, placemaking, pre-development, etc… https://t.co/8tFkrmNl1i
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 19/27
The big takeaway is that Community Development Corporations cannot be everything to everyone. The presentation clarified why CDCs cannot meet all the needs & wants of residents, city council members, neighborhoods, & businesses.
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 20/27
The final slide covers the historic funding of CNP + CDBG. I believe CNP refers to Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, but I’m not 💯% sure. As a reminder, CDBG is Community Development Block Grant funding. https://t.co/EtkUsPxbWP
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 21/27
Presenters from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (@CLEProgress)

- Tania Menesse – President & CEO (@tmenesse)
- Edward Stockhausen – Senior VP of Advocacy & External Relations (@ELStockhausen)
- Jason Powers – Senior VP of CDC Advancement & Resilience

clevelandnp.org
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 22/27
As promised, I’m circling ⭕️ back to fill-in the details. Thanks to @ELStockhausen for sharing his presentation. Here’s a re-cap of today’s @CleCityCouncil Caucus meeting👇 https://t.co/HTrdFzHER9
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 23/27
Here’s how taxpayers pay for displacing low-income homeowners: https://t.co/pqYmubmDrQ
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 24/27
There was a lengthy discussion about Ohio House Bill 1. The proposed legislation would create a flat state income tax & make major property tax changes. If passed, the tax cuts would reduce funding for schools & local governments. legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/13… https://t.co/ERA5GGQnGb
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 25/27
The discussion transitioned into a dialogue about a property tax relief proposal. It’s a “permissive model” based on existing law. Below is a summary of the property tax relief proposal.👇 https://t.co/uw0SQuZSC2
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 26/27
Council members discussed the property tax relief proposal & advocacy opportunities. https://t.co/XMsOLWBR6E
Rosie Palfy @RosiePalfy 27/27
The meeting adjourned at about 1:45 pm. This concludes my coverage of today’s Cleveland City Council Caucus meeting.

Have questions? Think we got something wrong? Send any inquiries on the meeting or these tweets to @cledocumenters. Or email us at cledocumenters@gmail.com https://t.co/20E92VlWID
Live reporting by Rosie Palfy

Council members learn about possible property tax relief for low-income households

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