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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What We Are Organizing Against

This is a copy of the ballot language being circulated to prevent any form of rail being built in Cincinnati for 10 years. If you want to get involved to help organize against the campaign, email cincinnatiansforprogress@gmail.com.



TITLE:   AN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF CINCINNATI TO PREVENT SPENDING TO BUILD AND OPERATE A STREETCAR SYSTEM THROUGH THE YEAR 2020.

TEXT:   Be it resolved by the people of the City of Cincinnati that a new Article XVI of the Charter is hearby added as follows:

Section 1. The City shall not spend or appropriate any money on the design, engineering, construction or operation of a Streetcar System, or any portion thereof.  Further, the City shall not incur any indebtedness or contractual obligations for the purpose of financing, designing engineering, construction or operating of a Streetcar System, or any portion thereof.

Section 2. This Amendment applies from the date it is certified to the Charter, and will continue in effect until December 31, 2020.  This Amendment will have no force or effect
after December 31, 2020.

Section 3. For purposes of this Amendment, (i) the term “Streetcar System” means a
system of passenger vehicles operated on rails constructed primarily in existing public rights
of way, (ii) the term “City” includes without limitation the City, the Manager, the Mayor, the Council, and the City’s various boards, commissions, agencies and departments and (iii) the term “money” means any money from any source whatsoever.

Section 4. In the event that any provision of this Article XVI is found to be unconstitutional
or impermissibly in conflict with state or federal law, only such provisions found to be unconstitutional or impermissible will be stricken, and the remainder of this Article XVI will remain in full force and effect.

The following persons are designated as a Committee to represent the petitioners in all matters relating to the petition or its circulation.
  
 Robert W. Buechner, 
             2475 South Rookwood Court, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. 
  3215 Hardisty Avenue, Cinicnnati, OH 45208
Michelle Edwards, 
  7309 Scottwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45237
Mary Kuhl,
  2436 Homestead Place, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Christopher Smitherman, 
  1000 Lenox Place, Cincinnati, OH 45229

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