Akron Stools for Schools (2008)
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is the force behind this ballot measure. He says that the plan would assist in slowing brain drain from the city by keeping more high school graduates in the area. He includes a stipulation in the measure that any student receiving the scholarship money must remain in Akron for the following 30 years.
Citizens to Save Our Sewers and Water is a coalition of "citizens, labor, faith, and community organizers" organized in opposition to the idea of privatizing the sewer system. The group is fielding a ballot measure of it's own, Save Our Sewers, that seeks to "prevent the sale of any Akron utility without voter approval".
Defeated, 62% to 38%.
- Text of Akron Scholarship Plan
- Bound for the ballot (dead link), Ohio.com, July 17, 2008
- Citizens to Save Our Sewers and Water website
- Akron Residents To Vote On Sewers For Scholarships, WCPN, August 19, 2008