David Pepper, Ed Rothenberg on City Talk Radio 7-8 p.m. Sunday on SuperTalk FM 96.5

Cincinnati Gentleman publisher Tom Schaefer and myself will be co-hosting City Talk Radio 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday on SuperTalk FM 96.5, heard in Cincinnati. Not in Cincinnati or near a radio? Listen online.

This week’s topic:

After Hamilton County Commissioners seemingly put an end to the debate about how to fund a new jail by increasing the county’s sales tax by a vote of the three-member board, the deal seemed done.

But a group of citizens – and a motley crew at that – came together and formed a coalition to put a referendum on the fall ballot intended to repeal the county commission’s action.

If they are successful getting 28,750 signatures by mid-July, the sales tax will be blocked from being enacted and voters will be able to vote on the tax. An alternate plan to build a jail – roundly criticized by the two Democratic county commissioners, Todd Portune and David Pepper – was resoundingly defeated last fall.

Pepper, who voted for the tax increase, and Ed Rothenberg, coordinator of “We Demand a Vote,” the group organizing to get the referendum on the ballot, will be our guests. Hope you will tune in.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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