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Speaking of Kent being uncool…

City Manager Dave Ruller is sending mixed messages. One day he’s proposing a survey to find out what can make Kent cool, and the next day I read the Beacon and find he’s seriously considering a “sin tax” in Kent.

I don’t know who he thinks frequents the bars downtown, but in case he didn’t realize, it’s mostly the young adults he wants to keep and attract to the city. Akron or even Cleveland for that matter are not so far away that they couldn’t draw away some more patrons. (I know plenty of people who already go there instead of Kent’s “vibrant bar district.”)

I know a balanced budget is a balanced budget and the city needs to achieve it somehow, but all things considered, even a nickel more is going to put some people, especially broke students, off to the idea of sticking around.

One Response to “Speaking of Kent being uncool…”

  1. Meranda Writes » Blog Archive » Kent doesn’t want to be ’sin’ city Says:

    […] I noticed this story on the Beacon’s site about Kent pushing for a sin tax on alcohol. I mentioned this previously in a post as one of the city manager’s proposals. […]