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, Suite 152 Cincinnati, OH 45202-1979 Milton: As the city approaches the beginning of four-year council terms, I thought now might be an opportune time to broach the issue of the City of Cincinnati’s election calendar. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported today that the 2013 mayoral primary will cost the city $437,000. Should the city synch its primary calendar with the state of Ohio’s, thus moving the primary to August, the cost of the election would be spread among all county jurisdictions with ballot issues on that date, reducing the city’s share of the primary. I understand that the election calendar is a city charter issue, and I leave it to your good judgment to move the issue forward as you see fit over the next four years. I should also note that this suggestion is not without self-interest. During a mayoral election year, the county’s Board of Elections must mount a countywide primary, a city mayoral primary and a general election within the course of four months. As you know, the cost of the county staff to mount the mayoral primary is not a reimbursable expense, and synching the primary calendars would provide our elections team a more efficient fall calendar, and allow them to focus their efforts on November after the August primary is complete. I provide this background in the spirit of cooperation as both of our governing bodies try to provide the most efficient, effective government for the citizens of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Best regards,
Christian Sigman County Administrator