In the August 2nd special election Columbus city residents rejected a plan that would have divided the city into 10 wards and expanded the Columbus City Council from 7 to 13 members by 2018. Of the 9 percent of eligible voters who cast ballots, nearly 72 percent said no.
“The folks who put this on the ballot raised some important issues, but their plan raised too many questions in the public’s mind,” said Chip Moore, president of AFSCME Local 1632, which represents city workers.
“How do we pay for the expansion, who will draw the ward lines, who appoints committee members, and a lot of other things were unanswered. I think the vote shows most of the people think the city is heading in the right direction,” Moore said.
Columbus neighborhoods are currently served by a robust network of official Area Commissions and other recognized neighborhood organizations that inform City Council members of their community’s needs, plans and possibilities.