Columbus voters today will be deciding on Issue 7, the nebulous measure that would transfer $87 million in Columbus taxpayer money to a secretive group called ProEnergy Ohio LLC for “green energy” uses with few specifics and basically no public oversight on how the money would be spent.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has called the measure a sham, and he and other city officials and businesspeople have said that the financial drain would damage city services. The amount of money the city would have to turn over is about 9% of its $970.3 million operating budget for 2021.

Issue 7: What we know about Issue 7 on the Columbus ballot

The issue is on the ballot because the Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Columbus City Council abused it discretion when it rejected the ProEnergy Ohio petition to put the matter on the ballot. The city council could have adopted an ordinance for the initiative, but instead put it on the Nov. 2 ballot after the court ruling.

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