The fate of the city of Cincinnati’s parking lease ordinance – and whether or not citizens can put a referendum on the November ballot – is now in the hands of a three-judge panel of the Ohio First District Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments from both sides Monday morning.
The three judges – Penelope Cunningham, Patrick Dinkelacker, and Pat DeWine – heard from lawyers from the city and for the plaintiffs who filed the common pleas lawsuit against the parking lease plan in a half-hour hearing.
It is entirely possible that, this November, two immovable objects will collide on the ballot in Cincinnati.
There is, unless the appeals court intervenes, every likelihood that the referendum to repeal the parking lease passed by Cincinnati City Council will be on the ballot – opponents of the lease plan came up with thousands more signatures than they needed to qualify for the ballot.
And there is a Cincinnati City Council election, with all nine seats up for grabs.
A three judge panel of Ohio First District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Monday in a case concerning the city's parking lease.
The city argues a Hamilton County Judge made an error when he declared all city ordinances are subject to referendum. It also argues the plaintiffs who brought the case don't have standing to bring their claims.
The lawyers who filed the lawsuit for the taxpayers submitted their brief to the appeals court Monday.