The working men and women of labor are standing against Issue 1. It’s bad for working families and their neighborhoods. Check out the letter to the editor by clicking here or reading below.
The Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council represents more than 18,000 skilled construction professionals. Our members are the backbone of the working middle class in central Ohio. They build our roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and office buildings. After careful consideration, the men and women of the council endorse a “no” vote on Issue 1 in the Aug. 2 special election.
Issue 1 immediately increases the number of Columbus City Council members from seven to 13. This would cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars annually for the salaries of new members and their staffs. Yet Issue 1 has no plan to pay for these new council members. To fund a bigger city council, the city could be forced to make cuts to police, fire, street maintenance and trash pickup. Making sure our neighborhoods are safe and clean and investing in our local infrastructure is more important to the future of our neighborhoods than creating more politicians at City Hall.
Contrary to what the proponents of Issue 1 say, the proposal would give voters less of a voice on who represents them on city council, not more. Currently, residents can vote for all seven members. Issue 1 would only allow voters to have a voice in selecting four out of 13 members (3 at-large and 1 ward). The change strips voters of holding the entire city council accountable.
Issue 1 would promote a Washington, D.C., style of gerrymandering by requiring that wards be drawn by a committee of partisan political appointees. We’ve seen all too often how gerrymandering has created an environment of hyper partisanship in the U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly.
The council strongly encourages its members and their families to vote “no” on Issue 1.
Dorsey Hager Jr.
Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council