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Councils Backs Regionalism

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Some Northeast Ohio city council members are adding their voice to the areas mayors in support of more regional cooperation and revenue sharing. ideastream's Bill Rice has more.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

The concept of regionalism appears to be gaining traction, after the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association said it would continue to study a proposal to share tax revenues and decision making. The idea is that wise planning and reduced competition between municipalities will give the region as a whole more economic clout nationally and globally. Now the Northeast Ohio City Council Members Association is getting behind the mayors' group. It's President, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone, is heard here in conversation with Mayor Michael Lyons of Richfield Village and Medina County Commissioner Steve Handley:

Zone: I just want to congratulate the Commissioner and the Mayor for talking about this important issue, and I just want them to know that our association stands ready to partner with them.

Zone, Hambley and Lyons all spoke on 90.3's the Sound of ideas Wednesday. The first phase of the revenue-sharing study took a broad look at the concept and how it has worked in other regions. Phase two will focus more on working out the details of a plan for Northeast Ohio.