Elections results for November 6, 2018

Published November 7, 2018 by justicewg

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The City Charter

There was nothing controversial about the revisions to the city charter that I could find. Was the 15% no vote because of something we didn’t know, or are there people who just vote no for everything?

The Dispensaries issue

Issue #32 was a referendum on whether the city’s ban on dispensaries should be overturned, in a twist of expectations, the wording of the issue required an understanding that Yes vote means No to dispensaries. Was the final 60% No vote a popular choice to allow dispensaries, so that local taxes would benefit from the addition of the marijuana dispensaries? Or was it just confusion caused by those who think “no” means “just say no”? If you were confused, please comment.

The Green Space ordinance

Citizen referendums have a big hurdle to cross from the beginning, they need a lot of signatures, and organizational momentum that can be hard to sustain. The Grandview city administration did a number on that momentum for the Green Space via legal challenges that went all the way to the Ohio Secretary of State. Even though the group was victorious in keeping the ordinance on the ballot, the strident opposition from the Mayor and City Attorney probably gave an insurmountable hit to the question about the actions of going through this method of bringing change to the city.

I also though the “taking our rights” push by the anti-#31 group was overblown, your rights were never in jeopardy unless you own a very specific, narrow strip of land. I don’t think the “right to do a lot split” was worth getting upset about. If the “rights” issue was so important, why isn’t the rights of a group of neighbors to organize and decide how they want development to look like on their own street worth standing up for?

The school levy

A close vote, I don’t think the pro-#6 group can call the result a mandate, nor can it be seen as a blank check for the board to go into warp speed on the wrecking ball for the middle school. It will be interesting to hear how the board and administration plan to heal the rift in the community over the facility process. More later.

All levies passed in FC

Dublin – 58% yes, $195 million bond issue with 7.9 mills additional money.

South-Western – 61% passed a $93.4 million bond issue.

Whitehall – 61% yes on a bond and millage.

Worthington – Separate bond and millage levies passed with 70% and 62% support.

Grandview Heights – 52% passed a combined bond and operational millage.

The voters in Franklin County were all confident in the economy, at least enough to pass school levies. Other schools had large bonds, but managed to pass them with much higher percentages. An obvious question – why was Worthington willing to pass their bond with 70% yes, while Grandview had the lowest approval number in the county?

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One comment on “Elections results for November 6, 2018

  • The thing I always get a kick out of after a successful Grandview school levy is the change in the way teachers treat parents. Before the levy, my neighbors (with a daughter in the middle school) found her teachers to be extremely polite and quick to answer questions. Wednesday morning, one of her teachers blew off an email asking for some help, saying “this is going to take a lot of time, and I don’t have much time, so I’ll get back to you a week or two.”

    I’m sure Culp and his principals coach the teachers to be nice and helpful when there’s a levy. Apparently the teachers feel that directive no longer applies after the levy passes.

    One other gripe here: A couple weeks before the election, a group of 4 female teachers went door to door asking residents to support the levy. I asked the ladies if any of them lived in Grandview/Marble Cliff. None of them did. I asked them if they would be willing to take a pay cut to support the price of the new facilities. One of them responded that this was a property tax, not an income tax. True enough, but I explained that if the levy passed it would cost me an extra $1000 per year, which for me is a direct reduction of my effective income. They responded “Please vote YES for Issue 6!” And then they left.

    Very nice ladies, but this was not an effective campaigning technique. They should drop this approach when they come back for a new elementary school in 3 years.

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