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Cuyahoga County Commissioners approve ballot measure

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July 24, 2009

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio: Cuyahoga County Commissioners approved sending a government reform proposal to the November 2009 ballot that would change the county's current system of government.

The measure will now ask voters whether or not the city should eliminate the current three-commissioner system. The measure also proposes establishing only one elected county executive and 11 area representatives. A petition was circulated by supporters of the measure after an FBI investigation was performed, alleging contract steering and nepotism, focusing particularly on Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.[1]

Although the commissioners unanimously decided to send the issue to a public vote, including Dimora, they are in disagreement with what the measure entails. Instead, they will ask voters in November to implement a charter committee to review how the county government should operate.[2]

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