Fact Check

October 20, 2014

Columbus is widely praised as America’s biggest small town. We’re a city with strong, diverse neighborhoods and a local government that reflects our city and it’s values. On August 2nd, Columbus voters have a chance to say NO to a dangerous wards charter amendment that will lead to expensive new politicians, divided neighborhoods, and special interest power. Get the facts before you vote.

Expensive New Politicians

18 new politicians.

$75,000 a year for a part-time job.

$5,400,000 a year for new political offices.

That’s the real cost of the expensive Wards Charter Amendment on the August 2nd Special Election ballot.

Wards That Divide Us

So what would wards look like? We don’t know because the pro-ward special interests won’t tell you until after you vote on August 2nd.

But here’s a preview.

Each “neighborhood” ward would have 85,000 people. That’s almost three times the size of Clintonville!

A purely partisan group will draw the lines. In fact, this is the first time in 100 years that city appointments will be decided by political party.

Lower voter turnout, less competitive elections. A review of America’s 30 largest cities is clear — giving voters the opportunity to vote for every council member leads to higher voter turnout and more competitive elections than this wards proposal.

Going Back to the 1800's

In the 1800’s, Columbus had a huge city council made up of wards. After decades of corruption and poor government, voters created a council accountable to every voter in every neighborhood. What would Columbus look like today if we still had wards?

Chicago. New York. Los Angeles. Cities with wards lead the nation in corruption charges. Cities like Columbus with councils elected by all voters aren’t even in the top 15.

More Expensive Elections in Columbus? Research shows that, on average, elections by wards are more expensive than at large council elections.

What's the Real Cost of Issue 1?

You deserve to know the real costs of Issue 1. According to an independent analysis, Issue 1 will cost taxpayers $20 million over the next 10 years. That’s money taken out of neighborhoods to pay for more officials at city hall!