CLEVELAND -- One of the latest TV ads supporting Issue 7, the 20-year-extension of the present sin tax to pay for stadium repairs, features Greg Baeppler.
Baeppler identifies himself as a former Cleveland policeman. He served on the force for 31 years, becoming a Commander.
He is presently the City of Parma Safety Director. He is a respected law enforcement professional.
In the ad, he explains that failure to pass the sin tax would mean cuts in city and county budgets to pay for repairs obligated by lease..
The City of Cleveland's General Fund covers the police budget.
What Baeppler neglects to say and the ad does not mention is that he has had a longtime, part-time job as a Security Director for the Cleveland Indians.
Erin McCardle, a spokesperson for the Coalition Against the Sin Tax, said "In the same way that they refuse to be transparent with the books, it is no surprise that they did not offer citizens full disclosure in their advertising."
Coalition head Peter Pattakos called Baeppler's message that services will be cut "fear-mongering tactics."
Issue 7 spokesperson Nancy Lesic said, "renewing the tax, which is not a tax increase, would avert budget cuts."
Lesic said there will be a new updated version of the ad mentioning that Baeppler works for the Cleveland Indians.
She noted that the Indians pay for all their security, both at Progressive Field, and on the Gateway property.