To the taxpayers of Willoughby Hills – Is this how you want your tax dollars spent?
The saga between the Mayor and City Council continues, and now it cost the taxpayers money with Ordinance No. 2018-47. We will try to follow-up and ask how much this “debate” has cost the taxpayers.
Bess Myerson was an American politician, model and television actress who became famous in 1945 as the first Jewish Miss America She is quoted as having said: “The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.” My interpretation of that quote is that the lack of taxpayers’ involvement in their local government will result in man’s sinful nature surfacing. In our opinion, oversight and diligence by the taxpayers, and total transparency by those in power are required to maintain our Republic.
Citizenship 101 lesson for today:
Do you know the difference between an “ordinance” and a “resolution”?
Black’s Law Dictionary (6th ed.) at 1018 defines “Municipal Ordinance” as meaning:
Municipal ordinance. A law, rule, or ordinance enacted or adopted by a municipal corporation for the proper conduct of its affairs or the government of its inhabitants; e.g. zoning or traffic ordinances, building codes. Particularly a regulation under a delegation of power from the state.
Black’s Law Dictionary (6th ed.) at 1310 and 1311 defines “resolution” as meaning:
Resolution. A formal expression of the opinion or will of an official body or a public assembly, adopted by vote; as a legislative resolution. Such may be either a simple, joint or concurrent resolution.
The term is usually employed to denote the adoption of a motion, the subject-matter of which would not properly constitute a statute, such as a mere expression of opinion; an alteration of the rules; a vote of thanks or of censure, etc. Such is not law but merely a form in which a legislative body expresses an opinion.
Baker v. City of Milwaukee, 271 Or. 500, 533 P.2d 772, 775.
The chief distinction between a “resolution” and a “law” is that the former is used whenever the legislative body passing it wishes merely to express an opinion as to some given matter or thing and is only to have a temporary effect on such particular thing, while by a “law” it is intended to permanently direct and control matters applying to persons or things in general.
A County government is bound by the Ohio Revised Code and can only implement laws authorized by the State government. The Commissioners pass resolutions and not ordinances. There are no three readings required for the resolutions as is required for ordinances that may be passed by a local municipality. If a local municipality passes an ordinance on an “emergency” basis they are waiving the three reading rule.