Saturday, February 24, 2007

County judge throws out Cleveland residency law

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan ruled on the City of Cleveland's residency requirement.

The judge, rightfully so, struck down the residency requirement over objections his ruling violates the cities "Home Rule" powers.

Many cities have a limits on how far emergency forces may live from the city. Personally, I feel nothing wrong with this. But to require someone to live in a city in order to keep their job is tantamount to holding someone hostage.

In issuing his ruling, Judge Corrigan stated;
He also scoffed at Cleveland's prediction of dire and irreparable harm if the residency requirement would be abolished, saying that if Cleveland wants to keep its employee residents, it should make it worth their while to stay.

"This court cannot speculate as to the accuracy of the crystal ball that prognosticates these employees will all abandon their neighborhoods and neighbors in a mass exodus of biblical proportions," Corrigan wrote in a ruling he released at 3:30 p.m.

"However, the city may employ its considerable resources to entice its employees to live in the city by any lawful incentives available in the same manner the city uses to attract businesses, tourists and other sources of revenue."

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