South Euclid Council seeking funding to educate residents about city's need for revenue

July 26, 2016
Jeff Piorkowski

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- City Council wants to educate residents as to the city's need for additional revenues, and it will need to campaign for passage of a safety levy coming to the ballot Nov. 8, but undertaking these things requires money.

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In other City Council news:

-- At its meeting Monday, council passed an ordinance that will place on the Nov. 8 ballot the question as to whether residents will support a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations are not people, and that "money is not speech."

Resident Madelon Watts and a team of volunteers recently gathered 605 valid signatures on a initiative petition that led to council's passage. Watts, and fellow members of Move to Amend, are opposed to a 2010 U.S Supreme Court ruling regarding political contributions. The ruling made it so that corporations and labor unions were free to spend as much as they want to convince people how they should vote in elections.

If South Euclid voters pass the Citizen's United measure, as was done previously in Cleveland and Shaker Heights, council would hold a public meeting every two years, beginning in 2017, for the purpose of studying the effects of political contributions by corporations, unions and Political Action Committees.

Watt said the movement's goal is to, by 2025, convince state legislatures in three-fourths of the states to ratify an amendment to the Constitution.


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