Ohio Supreme Court kills residency requirements

Although we’re sure to see an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court within days, the Ohio Supreme Court just dealt another blow to Dayton finances:

The Ohio Supreme Court this morning upheld a 2006 state law that bars cities from enforcing residency rules.

Writing for the 5-2 majority, Justice Paul Pfeifer dismissed arguments from Akron and Lima attorneys who said the General Assembly violated cities’ home rule authority.

via Ohio Supreme Court rules against city residency requirements – Inside Cleveland City Hall – cleveland.com.

Don’t expect a mass exodus from Dayton right now- city workers will have a hard time in today’s economy finding buyers for their homes.

Look to those who have school-age kids- or soon-to-be-school age, and renters- to be the first to go. Of the 2,500 employees of the city, this will probably lose us less than 10% right now.

It will be interesting to see how much it costs the city for the firing of Victor Pate who moved to Jefferson when the lower court made its ruling.

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