Voters across Ohio will see five statewide issues on top of their Nov. 4 ballots.

Voters across Ohio will see five statewide issues on top of their Nov. 4 ballots.

Issue 6 would establish a privately owned casino in Clinton County through an amendment to the Ohio Constitution.

According to the ballot language, if Issue 6 is approved, a private company would construct a $600-million casino on 94 acres in Clinton County.

The casino would be authorized to provide gambling through slot machines, card games and table games, but there would be no betting on races or sports.

The casino would pay up to 30 percent of its gross receipts in taxes, and taxes would first be used to pay for regulating and taxing the casino, and gambling prevention and treatment programs. Of the remaining tax money, 10 percent would go to Clinton County and 90 percent would be distributed throughout the state.

The amendment would override any other laws that would prohibit a casino from operating on the property.

Issue 5 is a referendum vote on legislation passed earlier this year to limit the amount of interest on payday loans.

According to the ballot language, a "no" vote would repeal the legislation and restore previous laws.

That would limit the maximum loan amount to $800 and allow payday lenders to charge an interest rate that "substantially exceeds" 28 percent. There also would be no minimum repayment period.

The Ohio secretary of state has yet to certify the issue.

Voting "yes" would uphold the law and cap the interest rates on payday loans to 28 percent and limit loans to $500. Borrowers would be given at least 30 days to repay a loan, the ballot language says.

Issue 1 would provide a constitutional amendment to create earlier petition-filing deadlines for statewide ballot issues.

Approval of the amendment would change the filing deadline for citizen-driven ballot initiatives from 90 days before an election to 120 days before an election, according to the ballot language.

Approval of the amendment also would create deadlines for boards of elections to validate petitions and create a standard process for raising legal objections to petitions, the ballot language says.

Issue 2 also is a constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to issue $200-million in bonds, with a limit of $50-million per each fiscal year, to continue its compliance with the Clean Ohio program.

Issue 3 seeks to institute a constitutional amendment to protect private property rights for groundwater and other bodies of water.

According to the ballot language, if approved, the amendment would change the constitution to give clear rights to property owners of any water flowing under, or located on or adjoining their property. The amendment states that Lake Erie would be excluded.

Issue 4 was removed from the ballot.

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