Columbus Chamber Urges Members to Vote in Support of 2019 City Bond Package

Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

The Columbus Chamber urges members and citizens living in the City of Columbus to vote YES on Issues 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, which will appear before voters for the May 7thprimary election.

The City of Columbus is proposing a $1.03 billion bond package, which does not raise taxes, but rather allows the City to borrow money from investors for prioritized projects by issuing bonds. Columbus currently holds a AAA credit rating which allows the City to compete well in financial markets. Voted debt allows the City to borrow at lower rates, which significantly saves taxpayers money compared to unvoted debt.

The bond package is separated as follows and will appear on the ballot as Issues 7, 8, 9,10, and 11:

The bond package will help to achieve the Chamber’s mission of advancing a thriving Columbus region by providing funds for clean water, safe neighborhoods, excellent parks, new roads and sidewalks, and affordable housing. The Columbus region must be prepared to accommodate the tremendous population growth anticipated over the next few decades, which includes the effective delivery of these public services and amenities. The business community also stands ready to work with our City leaders to address growing affordable housing concerns to better connect Columbus residents to job opportunities, help all businesses grow and flourish, promote inclusive growth, and improve the quality of life for our community at large.

The Chamber joins proponents Mayor Ginther and Columbus City Council in urging your YES vote.

As with all endorsement processes, the Columbus Chamber thoroughly vetted the proposal by analyzing the details and supporting documents, sorting fact from politics, viewed through the lens of a business owner. The endorsement was recommended by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Steering Committee and approved by the full Board of Directors. The Chamber serves as the collective voice of the business community and your trusted resource, working to ensure the best for our region, its people and its businesses.

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce supports Issues 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 and respectfully asks our members and community to do the same on May 7th. You can check your voter registration, polling location, and sample ballot at the Secretary of State website here.