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"Passing an ordinance in this way ensures that the issue of the tax can never be placed on the ballot for consideration by the residents."




   The above came from the cover up/excuse letter of early September. I had always thought there was a way for United States citizens to remedy what they considered to be wrong by the ballot box. What this statement is saying seems more like it would belong to a dictatorship rather than a Republic. Anyhow I decided to find out so I sent the following email Ruth Ann who is one of the "PETITION PROCESSING" contacts at the Clermont County Board of Elections:

From: John Toren (johntoren@hotmail.com)
Sent: Sat 9/27/08 1:24 PM
To: rawerner@co.clermont.oh.us

Hi Ruth Ann:

I hope I have found the right place to ask this question. I live in Amelia and we are currently in a conflict with our current Village Administration about an income tax that they want us to vote on I think in February. According to our volunteer legal council the only way we can insure that they cannot just impose the tax after we vote it down is to dissolve the Village. They have sent the residents of Amelia letters telling us about ramifications of dissolving the village but these letters are so full of falsehoods I don't know what to believe. There was a paragraph in the last letter they sent that didn't seem right to me. It is:

"Thus, a village wishing to institute an income tax of 1 % or less must pass an ordinance directly implementing the tax. This ordinance can be passed in one of two ways. The first way is to pass the ordinance in one meeting, by emergency vote. Passing an ordinance in this way ensures that the issue of the tax can never be placed on the ballot for consideration by the residents. Alternatively, if a village wants to allow its residents to vote on the income tax, it can pass the ordinance after three readings, which allows residents to circulate a petition to place the income tax on the ballot."

I thought that we could get a petition going to repeal the tax if it did pass. But they state that if they would impose the tax "by emergency vote" that this tax can NEVER be placed on the ballot for consideration by the residents.

My question: is it true that once they pass the ordinance by emergency vote we can never petition the repeal of the tax again? NEVER ?

I really am sorry to bother you because I know you’re very busy at this time of year but we really need to know the truth.

Thanks

John Michael Toren
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