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Affordable housing has become a hot-button issue in Greater Cincinnati over the last few years, garnering media attention, promises from elected officials and no small amount of debate. Here's everything you need to know about affordable housing in Cincinnati.

Petitioners Sue Over Changes To Housing Charter Amendment Ballot Language

over the rhine
Al Behrman
Officials and advocates say Cincinnati needs 28,000 affordable housing units in areas like Over-the-Rhine in order to meet demand.

Updated: Monday 11:45 a.m.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections has certified an affordable housing charter amendment, but the language that will appear on the May ballot is still under dispute.

The amendment would require the city of Cincinnati to put $50 million into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund every year. City Council approved significant changes to the summary of the amendment that voters will see on the ballot, despite protests from the original petitioners.

The petitioners are now suing the county Board of Elections, City Council and the Ohio Secretary of State. They say the new language is intended to encourage voters to oppose the measure.

A complaint filed Thursday asks the Ohio Supreme Court to intervene and invalidate the new summary. The Board of Elections responded Monday, denying most of the claims and asking the court to dismiss the case.

The petitioners have until Wednesday to respond, with a final deadline for filings in the case on Monday.

The Board of Elections voted Friday to certify the language "pending further guidance" as a result of the lawsuit.

Read the full complaint below, followed by the response from the Board of Elections: 

Ohio Supreme Court Complaint: Affordable Housing Amendment by WVXU News on Scribd

County Board of Elections Response by WVXU News on Scribd

This story was originally published on March 12 and has been updated.

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