Issue 48 is the latest battle in the political war over the Cincinnati streetcar.
Cincinnati has proposed and approved the funds to construct and maintain a streetcar, scheduled to run from Uptown and the UC area through downtown and The Banks.
But the voters have spoken, signing enough petitions to get the issue on Nov. 8's ballot, with the chance to prohibit the city of Cincinnati from spending any money on this project.
Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati be amended to prohibit the City, the City Manager, the Mayor, the Council and the City’s various boards, commissions, agencies and departments from spending or appropriating any monies or incurring any indebtedness or contractual obligations for the purpose of financing, designing, engineering, constructing, building or operating a streetcar system which means a system of passenger vehicles operated on rails constructed primarily in existing public right of ways through the year 2020, by enacting new Article XVI
• Prohibiting passenger rail projects would allow the city to spend those capital dollars on other permanent infrastructure projects.
• The proposed streetcar plan, including its route, is the wrong plan and should be stopped.
• Passenger rail transportation projects should be prohibited in the charter because these projects cost too much and will have to be subsidized.
• Voters should have a say about passenger rail projects which are usually expensive and long-term investments.
• This amendment would prohibit the city from planning or building any passenger rail transit projects for the next decade and beyond. The city will lose jobs and development opportunities both of which can increase the city's tax base.
• This amendment should not be in the charter because it is an issue which should be decided by city council as the charter authorized legislative body of city government.
• Prohibiting the city from spending money on passenger rail transit would result in excessive delays in the development and implementation of an adequate transportation system for our city and limit transportation options that are part of local, state and national long range plans.
• The expiration date of the amendment - December 31, 2020 - is arbitrary and would force any planning for passenger rail transportation to start all over again after that date.
Two Hamilton County commissioners are asking a regional government group to consider rescinding a $4 million grant for the city of Cincinnati’s troubled streetcar project.
Cincinnati City Council will discuss a rule change Tuesday that could prohibit any potential voter referendum on extra money for the troubled streetcar project.
Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. will present his plan to close a $17.4 million deficit in funding for the streetcar project to the Budget and Finance Committee Monday afternoon.
Ohio’s elections chief will release findings on Thursday about a statewide investigation into allegations of voter fraud during the 2012 presidential election, some of which occurred in Hamilton County.
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