Aug 16, 2022 - Politics

The Franklin County ballot issues affecting your wallet

Illustration of Columbus City Hall with lines radiating from it.
Columbus City Hall. Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

All politics is local, the saying goes, and nothing's more local than the ballot items' impact on your communities and schools.

Driving the news: The Franklin County Board of Elections published a list of issues filed for the November General Election. (Yes, it's always election season in Ohio.)

Here's what caught our eye:

🏫 New school funding?

  • Levy proposals were filed by the Madison-Plains, New Albany-Plain, Pickerington, Upper Arlington and Worthington school districts.
  • Of note: The Columbus Board of Education voted 6-0 on Aug. 16 to pull Columbus City Schools' initial $680 million bond and 4.7-mill tax levy from the ballot.

💵 Wide-ranging Columbus investments

  • Five separate bond packages totaling $1.5 billion would pay for investments in health programs, infrastructure, affordable housing, parks projects and more.

🧓 Funding for seniors

  • All Franklin County voters will decide on a tax levy renewal benefitting senior citizens.
  • Other local issues include electric aggregation programs in Hilliard and Marble Cliff, a police levy in Franklin Twp. and a levy for village expenses in Minerva Park.

❌ No more self-dealing initiatives

  • Columbus' ballot will feature three charter amendments, most notably one cracking down on the citizen initiative process — in direct response to last year's failed Issue 7 campaign.
  • Reynoldsburg also has a half-dozen charter amendments on the ballot related to its city government.

Editor's note: This story was updated to show the board voted 6-0 on Aug. 16 to pull a $680 million bond and 4.7-mill tax levy from the ballot.

avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Columbus.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Columbus stories

No stories could be found

Columbuspostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Columbus.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more