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Whitehall Issue 10 proposes permanent property tax to fund police

Whitehall citizens will vote on a proposed property tax levy to fund expansions in staffing and facilities for the local police department in the Ohio primary on May 3. The measure is structured as a permanent tax levy with a total request of 2.822 mills, amounting to an estimated annual revenue of $790,000. Mayor Kim Maggard, a co-proposer of the levy, has increased Whitehall’s police spending by 46% since her 2012 election. The levy, alongside this increased spending, comes at a time when many in the .
WHITEHALL, OH
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Q+A: CEO talks about 3D printing buildings, affordable housing

Discussions about housing affordability tend to focus on two components: cost and availability. Apis Cor, a startup focused on 3D printing buildings, aims to work on both fronts, CEO Anna Cheniuntai said during a live interview with Matter. By using 3D printing, according to Cheniuntai, buildings can be created faster,...
COLUMBUS, OH
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Editor's note: As part of our deep dives into policing and development, we produce in-depth articles and videos. But, while working on those stories, we often hear lots of news that informs our stories but doesn’t necessarily make it to the final product. As such, we wanted to create an avenue to share those smaller bits of news that keep us and you informed. That's where this digests comes in. A couple times a month, we will post round-ups like the one below of the top news for development and policy. Want to share your thoughts on it? Think we missed a story? Let us know at editorial@matternews.org.
COLUMBUS, OH

Latest: Historic public safety budget, affordable housing and more

Editor's note: As part of our deep dives into policing and development, we produce in-depth articles and videos. But, while working on those stories, we often hear lots of news that informs our stories but doesn’t necessarily make it to the final product. As such, we wanted to create an avenue to share those smaller bits of news that keep us and you informed. That's where this digests comes in. A couple times a month, we will post round-ups like the one below of the top news for development and policy. Want to share your thoughts on it? Think we missed a story? Let us know at editorial@matternews.org.
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Letter: Ginther’s State of the City lacks housing solutions

Mayor Andrew Ginther’s state of the city address painted a rosy picture of Columbus but rather than “opportunity rising” for Columbus residents, too many continue to see their opportunities for success declining. Columbus has an overall poverty rate of 19.54%, with Black residents at 29.69 and our Hispanic neighbors at 28.67%, while white residents are at 12.67%. Good paying jobs continue to be unreachable for too many individuals and families who cannot afford the never-ending escalating housing costs, food on the table and other rising cost of living expenses.
COLUMBUS, OH

Matter moderated Morgan Harper, Josh Mandel US Senate debate

While it was freezing cold outside in Columbus last Thursday evening, it was piping hot inside the debate I moderated between primary candidates for U.S. Senator from Ohio, Democrat Morgan Harper and Republican Josh Mandel. Ohio will have primary elections in May, where each party will vote for their candidate...
COLUMBUS, OH

Here's what Columbus locals think about police reform

In the months following the police killings of Casey Goodson, Jr. and Andre Hill in Columbus — which itself came only months after nationwide Black Lives Matter protests — public officials, advocates and community members showed a renewed interest in reforming the police. A little more than a...
COLUMBUS, OH

Property tax abatements: How do they work?

Jobs are the key to the economic and social health of a community. Employers make decisions to locate or expand their workforce using many criteria, including the property taxes they will need to pay. The 86 employers in the City of Columbus that received property tax abatements in 2020 created 3,713 new jobs in 2020, resulting in new annual payroll of $167 million.
COLUMBUS, OH

When police cross the line to nearby towns, where's the oversight?

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COLUMBUS, OH

How accurate is the Columbus police accountability dashboard now?

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COLUMBUS, OH

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Here's how Columbus' $32M in development funds will be spent

The Department of Development has entered 2021 with an almost identical operating budget to 2020, with a focus on increasing the availability of jobs and affordable housing. The Department runs a lean operation with a budget of $32 million — a little more than half of which is spent on the 169 staff that work to fulfill its missions — but serves as a connection to many public and private partners.
COLUMBUS, OH

Code violations can be double-edged sword for low-income residents

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COLUMBUS, OH

Columbus police falsely reported progress on promised reforms

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COLUMBUS, OH

Quinlan stalled police reforms he opposed, leaked document shows

The Columbus Division of Police launched a new dashboard website, on October 1, 2020, designed to provide accountability and transparency on the progress the former police chief, who was hired for this task, has made toward implementing citizen-led reform. “I think it's very important to maintain transparency with the public,”...
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Columbus police officers' body cameras, explained.

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COLUMBUS, OH

Family of Columbus man killed by officer say the police are lying

This story was originally published on December 7, 2020. Updates: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Casey Goodson's middle name. It has been updated to reflect his correct middle name. Similarly, a previous heading on this article created confusion around who said the shooting was justified. The heading has been edited to clarify.
COLUMBUS, OH