( Cincinnati ) More than 300 people have spent the last month gathering signatures to put the city's effort to lease out parking on the ballot and on Thursday, they submitted more than 19,000 to the city. They need 8,522 valid signatures to put the measure to voters.
The petitions will be held at City Hall for the next ten days and then be forwarded on to the Board of Elections, where they will be counted.
The city is scrambling to come up with a budget that doesn't include the parking plan, that was approved and would have meant $92 million upfront, but has been stopped due to the referendum process.
Also Thursday, council members Chris Seelbach and PG Sittenfeld called a special session of council to talk about the budget. Budget Director Lea Eriksen was asked questions by most councils about if a budget could be balanced without the parking plan and without layoffs. Eriksen says that's "mathematically impossible."