Why do the Charterites oppose Issue 3?


April 27, 2021

The Charter Committee supports the idea of increasing affordable housing in the city but is wary of the language of the proposed amendment, saying it contains "too much potential for corruption, with the possibility of board members or their associates benefitting from decisions made by the board."

If issue 3 passes, the amendment calls for a new Cincinnati Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board to oversee the money.  The board would be responsible for creating rules surrounding how the money is spent and for approving and denying proposals.

The board would have 11 unpaid members, many of whom would be appointed by the same housing advocates who are behind Issue 3.

The Charter Committee isn't arguing any corrupt intent by the amendment backers - just that as the amendment is written, there aren't enough safeguards in place to protect taxpayer money.

"The Charter Committee exists to ensure that the City's Charter supports ethical governance and thwarts potential corruption," said Charter President Matt Woods, in a news release explaining the party's stance.  "We believe that the proposed amendment , as written, does not place enough safeguards on the Trust Fund to earn our support."

Who's on the Charter Committee Endorsed Slate

March 19, 2021

After interviewing more than 20 Cincinnati City Council candidates, the Cincinnati Charter Committee Thursday night endorsed a slate of nine people for council this November – the committee's largest slate in decades.

It cements the Charter Committee's promise to be more vocal about good government following the arrests last year of three Cincinnati councilmembers, including Tamaya Dennard, who the Charter Committee endorsed in 2017.  Matt Woods, president of the Charter Committee, shared the Committee's endorsement list with The Enquirer.

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                    Howard Wilkinson Column

March 1, 2021

Cincinnati's Charter Committee:

Can a resurgent third party restore good government at city hall?   The last time Cincinnati's government was in as much turmoil as it is today, city leaders decided to blow the whole thing up. The charter reforms that remade Cincinnati almost a century ago wiped out a political machine and made the city a model for fighting corruption in communities across the country.   Now, some say it's time to do it all again.

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February 26, 2021

Opinion:  Has the stronger mayor system influenced corruption at City Hall?

Raffel Prophett, Opinion contributor

February 14, 2021

Mayor's Role Not As Cincinnati's Sole Development Czar 

Your Turn, Kevin Flynn

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March 3, 2021

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Charter Committee wants mayor stripped of "pocket veto"

Seeking to restore itself as a force in Cincinnati politics amid City Hall’s corruption scandal, the Charter Committee on Wednesday unveiled a platform for the 2021 city elections, including removing the mayor’s power to hold up ordinances indefinitely. 

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February 24, 2021

Matt Woods, Charter Committee President:  "The City Manager is the CEO, not the Mayor."
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February 10, 2021

Rise To Power: How Cranley Became Cincinnati's Most Powerful Mayor in Almost a Century