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Valet Parking Regulations to be Reconsidered

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From The Dispatch: Restaurants’ valet zones to get second look By Mark Ferenchik Looking for a parking meter near your favorite Short North or Downtown restaurant? Even if you find one, you might have to pay a valet to park your car. Sound crazy? Maybe, but as diners, restaurant owners and valet companies fight over […]


Vote: Franklin County 2009 Primary Election

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Once again, your duties as a voter are requested tomorrow when you’ll be asked to go to the polls to vote for a variety of local issues and primary elections. The largest issue on the ballot is the Metro Parks Tax Levy, which would implement a 10-year property tax of approximately $23 per year per […]


John Kasich to run for Governor of Ohio in 2010


Well, it’s official. Mr John Kasich has filed a Designation of Treasurer this afternoon establishing the Kasich for Ohio campaign committee for the support of John Kasich’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010. From Wikipedia: John Richard Kasich is a former Republican United States Representative who is now a television show host for FOX News Channel. He […]


Several Suburbs Considering Income Tax Increases

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From The Dispatch: Suburbs pondering tax hikes By Elizabeth Gibson and Robert Vitale Columbus residents’ verdict on higher income taxes also will apply to hundreds of thousands of their suburban neighbors. What’s more, the decision made in Ohio’s biggest city this August could influence other communities struggling with budgets. Officials in Bexley, Gahanna and Pickerington […]


Bill Proposed to Restrict Liquor Permits in Ohio

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Earlier today I was alerted to some disturbing news by local beer journalist Michael Paull. A new Senate Bill (S. B. No. 62) has been introduced that would restrict liquor permits within 500 feet of schools, churches, libraries, playgrounds and parks. State Senator Nina Turner sponsored the bill along with the support of co-sponsors Senator […]


University District and Clintonville Tackle Graffiti


Clintonville Area Commissioner David Southan proposed to the University Area Commission a joint program to combat graffiti in the neighboring communities during April’s UAC meeting. Commissioner Southan has helped to raise $1500 reward money to be used in the prosecution and conviction of graffiti related crimes. The reward money has been granted successfully over the […]


Half-Percent Income Tax Increase on August Ballot

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Press Release: City Officials Ask Voters To Support Revenue Plan Imploring voters to maintain core city services, Columbus city officials announced they will ask Columbus voters to support a 0.5 percent tax increase on the August ballot. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, all seven members of Columbus City Council, Chief of Police Walter Distelzweig, Chief of […]


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