The Clermont Chamber of Commerce announced today its position on selected county, township, and school issues that will appear on the November 6th ballot. The positions were determined after presentations from levy sponsors, discussion in the Government Affairs Ballot Issues Committee, with final action by the Chamber Board of Directors.
“For over forty-five years, the Clermont Chamber has focused on safeguarding and strengthening the collective interests of the Clermont County business community,” said Matt Van Sant, President/CEO of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. These issues impact business and workforce development activity, and our overall quality of life.”
“Business must not be reluctant to speak out when decisions of public policy may have a positive or negative impact on business success.” Citing need, fiscal responsibility, and strong management by the sponsor organizations, the Chamber encourages a “YES” as follows:
Vote YES on the Great Oaks Career Campuses 2.7 mills renewal continuing of its expiring operating levy. These funds are the only local public funds provided to Great Oaks funds for operations of the career campuses. Without this levy Great Oaks would lose over 66% of its funding and would be unable to continue to operate.
Vote YES on Goshen Township 3.5 mill renewal of an existing levy with an additional 1.0 mill levy (4.5 mills) for five years for fire and ambulance protection. The funds are needed to balance the budget and improve public safety by providing additional paramedics.
Vote YES on Miami Township 1.0 mill new continuous for streets, roads and bridges. The funds are needed for repaving, replacement and safety improvement to Township roads that are in poor condition.
Vote YES on Batavia Local Schools 7.32 mills new for 32 years for permanent improvements including replacement of the high school and middle schools. The funds will permit the district correct items identified by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission as needing replacement while accessing state funding for 80% of the costs.
Vote YES on Williamsburg Local Schools 7.32 mills renewal for five years for operating expenses. The funds are needed to balance the budget and avoid program cuts.
About the Clermont Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1969, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is an association of approximately 700 businesses working together to make the Clermont County area the preferred place to locate, operate and grow a successful company. The Chamber’s key initiatives are advocacy, economic growth and member/investor benefits. The President of the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is Matthew D. Van Sant, and the Chairman of the Board is Kim Patton, Healthsource of Ohio.