Cincinnati cuts budget, cancels $290K bed bug inspection program

by nobugsonme on December 16, 2008 · 10 comments

in bed bug inspections, bed bugs, cincinnati, money, ohio

This does not seem good. At all.

Cincinnati’s newly approved budget cut $290,000 — a choice which, according to this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, cancels a bed bug inspection program.

What was approved in the budget?

— $1.8 million for police overtime walking patrols;

— Restoration of the appliance collection service, but for a fee to be researched by the administration and approved later by council;

— $1.8 million expected from the federal government in reimbursement for the September windstorm, to go into emergency reserve savings account;

— $250,000 for renovation of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center;

— $248,000 small business loan for Goodies Barbecue restaurant to open a second location in Price Hill;

— $100,000 the mayor wanted to spend educating people about the importance of their participation in the 2010 census.

I understand money is tight and bed bugs may not seem important to many. But they are. And getting rid of them once they spread further is so much more costly than preventing their spread by catching them early.

1 aimee December 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Obviously, ostriches are making decisions in Cincinnati! That, or very short-sighted people.
They will reap what they sow, unfortunately.

2 parakeets December 17, 2008 at 10:38 am

The people who voted not to spend the money on bedbugs obviously have never had bedbugs themselves.

You know how some cities let citizens hold a city manager’s job for a day and programs like that? I think we could have a similar program where legistlators would live in bedbug infested public or senior housing, just for one day, just for 24 hours.

If Oprah would agree to live in bedbug infested senior or public housing for just one night, I bet things would change.

3 aimee December 17, 2008 at 11:23 am

I bet she’s lose her appetite too! (I lost 11 pounds in 9 days when I went thru this ordeal.)

4 parakeets December 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hey, “The Bed Bug Diet” — we could publish the book, make a fortune, and all the money we earned could fund bed bug research.

5 nobugsonme December 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Back in the 70s, Chicago mayor Jane Byrne moved into the Cabrini-Green housing project for a few weeks. It’s a publicity stunt, sure, but I am sure it also opens their eyes a bit.

Unfortunately, a good percentage of politicians would not react to bed bugs, so would say “they’re not a big deal!” The other half would hopefully make some changes tout suite.

6 nobugsonme December 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm

LOL the bed bug diet!

7 aimee December 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm

It’s REALLY easy. No complicated food lists, no shopping (except for XXL ziplocs), no cooking. You’re so busy running up and down the stairs with all your heavy items bagged up in ziplocs that it’s the equivalent of being on a stairmaster for 8 hours with 25 pound weights in each hand. So you have NO time to eat, at all…maybe a few swigs of water between treks up and down the stairs. Now, if you can figure out how to expand this into a reasonable sized book, we have a deal, LOL. ; )

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