Sunday, October 31, 1999

ENQUIRER ENDORSEMENTS


Our choices in Tuesday's election

        Here is a list of Enquirer endorsements in contested races and on issues on Tristate ballots for Tuesday's election:

        CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL (9 to be elected)
        Charlie Luken (D): Former news anchor's prime-time polish, experience and low-key, sensible style can help him lead a coalition as mayor.
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        Phil Heimlich (R): A tireless student of good government who always does his homework.
        Charlie Winburn (R): Has fought to put the obese bureaucracy on a diet.
        Todd Portune (D): Has emerged as a leader on regional projects.
        Jim Tarbell (C): Cares about Cincinnati and understands downtown problems better than anyone on council.
        Pat DeWine (R): Has run an accurate campaign blasting incumbents, yet offering solid proposals to cut taxes and improve services.
        Diane Goldsmith (R): Offers what City Hall needs — experience in Hamilton County government “to improve city-county relations.”
        Alicia Reece (D): Young but very poised; her enthusiasm should give a boost of fresh energy to a tired council.
        Scott Seidewitz (D): Top-notch first-time candidate offers a “Sensible Government Plan,” including specific cuts to save $11 million.

        CINCINNATI BOARD OF EDUCATION (3 to be elected)
        Louis Buschle: A practiced consensus builder; offers expert financial and management experience.
        John Gilligan: Distinguished former Ohio governor can add clout.
        Rick Williams: A natural fit for the board; wants CPS to get out of “one-size-fits-all mentality.”

        KENTUCKY GOVERNOR
        Paul Patton (D): His record of leadership outweighs his occasional stumbling; has shown strength in defying powerful interests.

        BALLOT ISSUES
        Issue 1 (Ohio): YES - Would allow the state to issue “general obligation” bonds to build and repair public schools, lower the state's cost by tens of millions of dollars.
        Issue 11 (Cincinnati, other communities): YES - Cincinnati Public Schools' 4.5-mill levy request demonstrates financial responsibility, rewards genuine, overdue changes in the district, and keeps property tax rates competitive. Cost An extra $122 a year for owner of a $100,000 home.
        Issue 12 (Hamilton County): YES - Five-year Health and Hospitalization Levy for Drake Center and other facilities reduces current levy from $20 million a year to $18 million, while maintaining vital safety net of services. Cost About $31 a year for owner of a $100,000 home.
        Issue 13 (Hamilton County): YES - Five-year Mental Retardation Services levy renewal, which asks for 0.8-mill increase to 3.53 mills, is needed to serve county's population of retarded or developmentally disabled adults, expected to grow 33 percent by 2004. Cost About $97 a year for owner of a $100,000 home, up from about $74.

        ENQUIRER'S SCHOOL LEVY GRADES
        • Middletown-Monroe (Grade: A) Good management deserves public support (no new taxes).
        • Talawanda (Grade: C) Gambling big for high-stakes improvements.
        • Springboro (Grade: B) Balancing rapid growth and demand for quality.

       



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