The Charter Committee has voted to formally endorse the four proposed charter amendments that are recommended by the Charter Review Task Force, and Charter Committee President, Colin Groth, states, “we look forward to running a strenuous campaign in support of these amendments this fall.”
“These are all common sense, good government changes and we expect that they will receive overwhelming support if voters are given the opportunity to learn why they are important and what they accomplish,” Groth added.
In order for citizens to be given the opportunity to consider these amendments in November, at least six members of Cincinnati City Council need to vote to place them on the ballot. The Charter Committee is asking all of its endorsed candidates to support the measures. Council members Kevin Flynn, who spearheaded creation of the committee, Yvette Simpson, Amy Murray and Vice Mayor David Mann have all been elected with a Charter endorsement.
“These recommendations are an expression of Charter’s principles of ‘Good Government’ that will ensure independence, accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility in city government,” said Colin Groth, president of the Charter Committee. “These recommendations are not a reflection on any current elected or appointed city official but rather a way of correcting the unintended consequences of the 1999 Charter Reform.”
The Charter Committee wishes to thank members of the Charter Review Task Force for their thoughtful analysis of the Cincinnati Charter. The recommendations proposed by this non-partisan group are the result of thousands of hours of research and discussion that were generously given by civic volunteers between December 2013 and July 2015.