What Happened to the Pro-CPS Levy Resolution?
When it came time during Wednesday's Cincinnati City Council meeting to discuss Item #56, which was listed on the agenda for passage, Mayor Mark Mallory said instead that the item would be filed without a vote. The item was a resolution from Vice Mayor David Crowley and Councilman Jeff Berding expressing support for the Cincinnati Public Schools' emergency operating levy on the ballot next week.
Mallory's communications director, Jason Barron, said afterward that the mayor filed it because a majority of council members already had expressed their support for the levy - in a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday morning.
Others speculated that Mallory was trying to avoid giving levy opponents a platform to say negative things about the levy. Republicans Leslie Ghiz and Chris Monzel have said they don't support the levy.
Berding said he was OK with how the situation played out. He said he thinks it's more appropriate for council members to voice their support for such things in public press conferences like the one earlier Wednesday.