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Resource ID: #17742
Subject: City Government
Source: Cleveland Magazine
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Date: November

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In 1982 the citizens of Cleveland passed a referendum requiring that "every temporary or regular officer or employee of the City of Cleveland, including members of all City boards and commissions, shall be or become bona fide residents of the City of Cleveland." Since then many city employees such as firefighters and police officers have pushed for the repeal of the requirement, wanting the freedom to live with their families anywhere near or around the city. Some feel the requirement denies them the right to live where they please, and denies their children the better schooling than is offer in Cleveland's Municipal School system. Other city employees feel that the requirement is necessary to keep tax dollars in the city and keep property values up in neighborhoods where city employees live. Some city employees testified in favor of state legislation prohibiting the residency requirement, a similar measure was introduced to Michigan's state legislature and passed in 2000.

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