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Cincinnati Charter Amendment, Voter Approval (November 2009)

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There was a Cincinnati Charter Amendment, Voter Approval question on the November 3 ballot in Hamilton County for voters in Cincinnati.

This Charter amendment sought to change the way the city council makes decisions on selling any assets of the city of Cincinnati in regards to its regional water and sewer districts. This charter amendment will make it so that a vote by the city residents must take place before the council makes a decision on the matter.[1] This was also pushed by the group Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes who demanded that voters should approve the sale of the 170 year old Greater Cincinnati Water Works.[2]

Election result

The measure was approved.[3]

Cincinnati Issue 8
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 39195 60.66%
No 25418 39.34%
Total votes 64613 100.00%
Voter turnout 40.28%

Text of measure

The question of Issue 8 as follows:[4]

Shall the Charter of the City of Cincinnati be amended to prohibit the city, and its various boards and commissions, from transferring or selling any assets of the City of Cincinnati, or any of its boards or commissions, to any regional water district, or any regional water and sewer district, formed pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 6119, without first submitting the question of the approval of such transfer or sale of assets to a vote of the electorate of the City and receiving a majority affirmative vote for the same, by enacting new Article XV?