Ohio: Citizens control when tax measure can go on ballot

Thu, Dec 2 2010 — Source: The Chronicle-Telegram

The next chance to get a tax levy on the ballot may not be in the hands of City Council, but in those of residents. During Wednesday’s taping of the Mayor’s Roundtable, a public access program with Mayor Bill Grace, Grace said city charter ties the hands of city officials as to when and how they can place a tax issue on the ballot. However, a citizen-initiated petition drive would trump the city charter. Citizens can say they want to see a tax issue on the ballot, and if enough registered Elyria voters sign a petition, it can happen.

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