Listed below are summaries of the LWVCA's public policy positions, which are where we stand and our priorities for advocacy.
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The LWVCA supports the modernization of county government through some form of reorganization, such as adoption of a county charter or one of the alternative forms of county government permitted by Ohio Law.
A model tax levy process would include a committee of citizens with the authority to review tax levy proposals and tax levy recipient organizations and other criteria; reduction of the total number of voted levies without sacrificing needed services; timing that prevents placing all levies on a ballot at the same time; funding county services based on a determined level of need that balances funds, services and resources; funding broadly defined services that can respond to changing conditions and needs; provision of meaningful opportunities for citizen involvement, input, monitoring and review; assuring agency accountability to the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners; ballot language that is understandable to citizens and accurately describes services funded by the proposed levy.
The LWVCA supports criteria for service delivery in areas of relationships with other governments and service providers; accountability and responsiveness; taxes, fees and assessments; quality of service. LWVCA members support special districts, contractual arrangements (both public/private and intergovernmental) and general purpose government as appropriate means of service delivery.
The LWVCA supports the council-manager form of government for the City of Cincinnati.
LWVCA supports provisions in the Cincinnati City Charter for the existence of independent boards and commissions in the functional areas of parks, city planning, health, and recreation. The League also supports measures which would make more effective the operations of the independent boards and commissions.
The LWVCA supports these criteria for evaluating planning proposals - be responsive and adaptable to changes; provide for citizen education and participation at all stages;consider social and environmental values as well as physical and economic development; be concerned with preserving historical and cultural assets of the local areas of the region; be fair and non-discriminatory, considering the welfare of the entire region rather than that of special interest groups; be able to be implemented under existing financial and political constraints, but allow for possible changes; take into account the goals and priorities of all levels of planning striving to avoid duplication and to promote compromise; be compatible with the established goals of the regional planning authority.
The LWVCA supports the establishment of a public transportation agency, such as an authority or a district, on as wide a geographic base as feasible. The League prefers a nine-county base (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana); the next most desirable would be a tri-county base; or at least one including all of Hamilton County. The LWVCA believes that local governments share the responsibility to assure the existence of an adequate mass transportation system. The LWVCA supports public ownership of a mass transit system, and opposes subsidies to privately-owned transit systems.
The LWVCA supports different approaches to achieve high quality integrated education for every child.
The LWVCA supports tax levies and bond issues to implement policies for operations and improvements in the Cincinnati Public School system providing certain criteria have been met.
The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area supports the protection of the Little Miami River from its source to its mouth at the Ohio River in the State System of Scenic Rivers and in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems
As part of a multi-leveled organization, the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area is also in support of the public policy positions of both the LWV of Ohio and LWV of the United States.