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$20,000,000?

According to a new third-party analysis, Issue 1 will cost taxpayers $20,000,000 over the next decade.  The estimate, produced by a CPA who specializes in budget forecasting, also shows that new council offices will cost $261,418 each. “Issue 1 comes with major sticker shock for Columbus voters, with a price tag of $20 million over the[…]

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FACT CHECK: Misleading claims by Represent Columbus

Represent Columbus is a political action committee (PAC) created to push expensive ballot issues in Columbus. The group is primarily funded by a local non-profit that has repeatedly violated its own articles of incorporation, which require, “No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to[…]

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FACT CHECK: “Cities with both wards, at-large council members can be successful”

The Dispatch reported today on the economic experience of cities with wards and at-large councils. But there’s a problem. The ward “success stories” are cities that didn’t have wards until last year! Oops. The article also buries some great information about the impact of the new wards on local elections. A little Googling reveals even[…]