Local Government Affairs Update – Summer 2015
In this update: Cleveland Water Department meeting, septic inspection fees, and a recap of the GA department summer meetings and activities.
The summer months have kept ACAR’s Government Affairs Department busy. In June, we hosted the first of two Mayors Day events with a group of Cuyahoga County mayors. Several Summit County mayors were featured at the second Mayors Day event earlier this month. Each participating mayor shared highlights about their community and special amenities that may be attractive to potential homebuyers. The Legislative Committee looks forward to continuing this advocacy series in the future, which will feature a variety of local officials – not just mayors. If there is a local topic you would to learn more about, please let us know.
ACAR and the YPN Committee held its annual summer RPAC fundraiser in July. This year’s theme was “Peace,
Love, and Real Estate.” The event raised more than $12,000 for RPAC. There are a few tie-dye t-shirts remaining for sale, $15 each, in the sizes of medium, large, and extra-large. Email Jamie if you would like to order one.
The summer RPAC event brings ACAR’s year-to-date RPAC investment total to more than $90,000! The RPAC Trustees set a goal of $125,000 at the beginning of the year, which means we’ll have a few more opportunities for members to invest in RPAC before December.
Next month, the Legislative Committee will meet with a representative from the Cleveland Water Department. Guests are welcome to attend, but must RSVP to Jamie to ensure we have adequate seating. The meeting is Wednesday, September 16th at 9:30am in our Independence classroom. If you cannot make it, but have a question, you may forward those to Jamie as well.
In other news, you will recall the Ohio General Assembly passed septic legislation last fall. Those rules were signed into law and are now in effect. As a result, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health had to restructure some of its workload and must now charge for septic inspections. For more information on the fees, click here.
ACAR launched a Voter Registration Initiative in July thanks to a REALTOR® Party program. We learned that 88% of our members are registered to vote, which is better than the national average (80%) for REALTORS®. However, that means that 12% of our members are either not registered or could not be matched in one of the best voter databases in the United States. If you received a postcard or email from us about the initiative, visit www.RealtorVotes.com.
Last but certainly not least, we received grant funding to conduct an analysis of the actual impact of point of sale ordinances on the real estate industry. We are hopeful that the findings will give us data to back up what REALTORS® know their clients experience. More information on this project will be shared later this year.
If you have any questions about this update or other governmental issues, please email Jamie McMillen, ACAR’s Government Affairs Director.