It Takes a Village

May 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington can take a breath and relax. For a little while, at least.—-

As writer Rick Bird reported in CityBeat’s April 22 issue, Ellington inadvertently gave rise to the citizen-led effort to dissolve the Clermont County village and have it revert to its township roots. That occurred after Ellington proposed last summer that Amelia consider an earnings tax to make up a projected budget shortfall by 2012.

The tax idea was shelved after this fall’s economic meltdown but, by then, it was too late. Angry residents had collected enough signatures to force a vote on abolishing the village status, which Ellington opposed.

In Tuesday’s special election, unofficial results show voters rejected dissolution by 68 percent to 32 percent.

Ellington is also a well-known local musician, who’s fronted the popular E Funk Band for 15 years. A Purcell High School graduate who was raised in Oakley, Ellington has had a 30-year career in the area music scene, first as a sax player touring with Doo Wop group, Richie and the Students, then with Stacy Mitchhart’s Blues U Can Use