I TEAM: what’s behind plan to spend big bucks to fix up offices?

CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM is asking hard questions about Cleveland’s plan to spend $400,000 on renovations of 3 offices.

This comes as the city is hoping voters next month approve a tax increase desperately needed for city services such as police protection and more.

The city says the plans include work in the Civil Service, Internal Audit, and Risk Management offices. The work will involve ventilation, electrical improvements, painting, carpeting and more.

However, the man in charge of capital projects for the city says this is just a small part of a long-term plan that also includes fixing up rec centers and police and fire stations. Mathew Spronza said, "The city has a 5-year capital plan that gets published, and so that plan will outline the priorities that'll be looked at over that 5-year period."

Spronza also says bond money is covering the cost just as it does for road projects. In other words, the money will not come from the same fund that pays for, say, police and firefighters.

Nonetheless, when taxpayers we met heard about money for City Hall offices becoming a priority, they reacted. One man said, "We gotta spend our taxpayer money a lot better than what we are." And one woman said, "That seems like a lot of money just for offices."

Spronza added, “Everybody has ideas on how it should be spent, and we look at it on a priority basis."

Click on the link below to see Cleveland’s latest 5-year plan for capital projects:

2016 Capital Improvement Program