October 29, 2019
Chamber endorses ballot issues in November election
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has endorsed certain ballot issues in the upcoming November election.
The Chamber urges voters to support Issue 22, the first step in the process of investing in our region’s roads, bridges, and bus system by eliminating the earnings tax that City voters pay if voters pass a sales tax for regional transportation in 2020. Passage of Issue 22 is key to the revitalization of our region’s transportation system and is vital to connect jobs to people.
For more than three years, the Chamber has been working in partnership with a growing coalition of leaders across the county to develop a solution to our region’s transportation challenges. The Chamber’s work has been focused on investing in the future of public transit, improving and maintaining infrastructure, and providing people with transportation choices that fit their lifestyle. With the passage of Issue 22, our community is closer than we’ve ever been to improving connections to jobs, education, and healthcare.
In addition, the Chamber urges support for these ballot issues that are all renewal levies that support important public services without adding to local property taxes.
- Issue 12—Cincinnati Public Schools
The CPS levy is a 10-year renewal of 10.06 mills. The levy is expected to generate about $65 million per year and cost a homeowner around $300 per year per $100,000 of valuation.
- Issue 20—Hamilton County Family Services and Treatment Programs
The Family Services and Treatment Programs levy is a 5-year renewal of 0.34 mills. Funds from the levy support a number of services throughout Hamilton County, including rehabilitation and employment services for individuals and families impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. The levy is expected to generate about $6.3 million per year and cost a homeowner around $10 per year per $100,000 of valuation.
- Issue 21—Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities
The Developmental Disabilities levy is a 5-year renewal of 4.13 mills. Proceeds from the levy provide services to nearly 8,000 children and adults in Hamilton County, including case management, family support, housing support, infant therapy and education and employment services. The levy is expected to generate about $75 million per year and cost a homeowner around $114 per year per $100,000 of valuation.
More information may be found on each levy and other issues before voters by visiting the Hamilton County Board of Election’s website, https://boe.hamilton-co.org/.