Ohio Cities Deal With Residency Ruling Fallout

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- City leaders have begun looking at their options as they cope with an Ohio Supreme Court decision throwing out municipal employee residency requirements.

Mayor Jay Williams of Youngstown raised the possibility Thursday of overturning the ruling through a statewide ballot question to change the Ohio constitution.

He says there's widespread support in Youngstown for continuing to require that city workers live in town.

But Cleveland councilman Kevin Kelley says amending the constitution would be costly and time-consuming.

He says such a move would depend on the extent of grass roots support.

Police, firefighters and other municipal employees applauded the residency ruling, which allows them to live where they choose.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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