Statement from the CH-UH Board of Education:
Nov. 19, 2022 -- The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools unanimously approved the school compensation agreement associated with the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project on Saturday, November 19, 2022. This vote indicates the board's unwavering support for projects that enhance the economic vitality of the city.
The Board firmly believes that productive collaboration with city leaders on projects that benefit our community is essential. In the future, we expect the Board will be included as a partner in the collaborative development of compensation agreements.
We appreciate the leadership of Cleveland Heights City Council – and especially Council President Melody Joy Hart – for understanding why double-taxation is not in the best interest of our residents. We accept City Council’s good faith commitment to come to an agreement outside of the TIF.
The Mayor made a written and verbal commitment to refrain from charging the citizens of Cleveland Heights fees for the use of athletic facilities for CH-UH sports teams. We appreciate this commitment and are confident that the Mayor will honor this agreement with a finalized facilities agreement that does not charge the school district for the use of city facilities. Ending this practice would bring our district and city in line with all of the cities and suburbs around us.