The following is an Ohio Lakefront Group Press Release by OLG President Tony Yankel.
Columbus (OH) â€“ With the Ohio Supreme Court primed to hear arguments in a case involving property rights, a recent statewide survey shows that 83 percent of Ohioans strongly believe Attorney General Cordrayâ€™s position is wrong.
The case concerns the attorney generalâ€™s attempt to allow the state to take control of private property along Lake Erie without compensating the Ohioans who own the property.
Cordray, advancing a legal argument made by disgraced former Attorney General Marc Dann, wants Ohio property owners to pay a lease fee to use the property theyâ€™ve owned for decades. The attorney general’s argument ignores 200 years of Ohio law that supports property rights.
In the survey, 83% of Ohioans said they â€œstrongly disagreedâ€ with the idea that the state â€œshould be able to force property owners to pay a lease fee to use part of the property the person already owns.â€
â€œThe survey confirms what weâ€™ve known all along,â€ Ohio Lakefront Group president Tony Yankel said. â€œOhioans think that paying a lease fee for property they already own is government intrusion on people’s rights.â€
Additionally, 87% of citizens surveyed disagreed with Cordrayâ€™s position requiring homeowners near a lake, stream, or river to open their backyards to use by the public.
Yankel pointed out that Ohioans simply donâ€™t want the government taking control of their property and telling them what to do.
â€œThe right to own private property is sacred in Ohio,â€ said Yankel. â€œOhioans just donâ€™t tolerate the idea that the government can take control of their property.”
The survey by Washington-based Advantage, Inc. was conducted during the first week of March. The 802-person sample has a margin of error of plus or minus three and a half percentage points. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case later this year.