Let’s get it right, Columbus!
Today, Mayor Andrew Ginther and Councilmember Shannon Hardin will formally announce a new citizen-led Charter Review Committee, according to a city media release. One Columbus strongly supports this opportunity to look at successful cities and consider modernizations for our City Council.
Issue 1 was hatched in the dark without public input and pushed on the ballot after special interests spent over $100,000 to pay for petition signatures. It is riddled with legal time bombs and doesn’t even consider issues like appointments to council.
Issue 1 creates up to 25 councilmembers — each making over $80,000 a year for a part-time job. It will turn Columbus into another city full of partisan bickering like Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC.
Issue 1 is a risk we can’t afford.
We’re excited about the Council Charter Review Committee and look forward to thoughtful recommendations. This committee is a fair, open, transparent way to update our city charter — through public input and public debate.
Let’s get this right, Columbus. Vote NO on Issue 1 on Tuesday August 2nd.