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Pepper Welcomes Yost To State A uditor Race

Cost-Cutting Democrat Challenges Big-Spending Republican


(May 5, 2010 ± Cincinnati, OH) -- Democratic Candidate for Auditor David Pepper today
congratulated Republican David Yost for his primary victory, and said he looks forward to a
general election contest.

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The next Auditor of State will need to be an independent watchdog, with a demonstrated record
of fiscal responsibility and tough-minded decision-making, in order to cut waste, fraud and abuse.
The next Auditor will be working with governments across the State that face challenging
budgets, tough decisions on spending cuts, and the need for reform so they can do more with less
in tough times.

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As County Commission President in Hamilton County, Pepper has cut spending by $60 million
in the past two years, to the lowest level in Hamilton County since 1998; spending over four
years is 16% below the level left by his predecessor in 20061. This followed four years of
bipartisan budgets on Cincinnati City Council, where spending in that time was also under
inflation (up only 1.6% between 2001 and 2005)2.

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Delaware County.

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1
Hamilton County Budget Office., http://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/administrator/bsi/budget.asp
2
Cincinnati City Council Budget., budget documents: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cmgr/pages/-5414-/
3
Delaware County Budget Documents (not available online)

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Delaware County Prosecutor Spending

1600000

1400000

1200000

1000000

800000

600000

400000

200000
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Year

Neither inflation nor population growth4 can account for such a dramatic increase in spending:

Delaware Prosecutor Actual Spending v. Inflation

1800000

1600000

1400000

1200000

1000000
$

800000

600000

400000

200000
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Year

Actual Spending Increase if by inflation

4
Ohio Department of Development., http://www.development.ohio.gov/research/files/s0/Delaware.pdf

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Delaware Prosecutor Actual Spending vs. Population Growth

1800000

1600000

1400000

1200000

1000000
$

800000

600000

400000

200000
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Year

Actual Spending Increase if indexed to pop. growth

Below is a comparison of Pepper and Yost Spending, as a percentage of the spending they
inherited from their predecessor:
Pepper Spending (Ham. County, 2006-2010) v. Yost Spending (Del. County Pros, 2002-2006)

Pepper Yost

250

200

150

% of predecessor year

100

50

0
Predecessor Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Year

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As Commission Vice President and President, David Pepper has reduced spending to 16% below
the year prior to his arrival, and to the lowest level in Hamilton County since 1998:
Hamilton County General Fund, 2006-2010

280

260

240

220

200
$M
180

160

140

120

100
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Year

For reference materials go to www.davidpepper.com/spending_comparison

Contact: Anne Sesler, 513-686-9192, anne@davidpepper.com

Paid for by Citizens for Pepper Committee, Don Mooney Treasurer, 600 Vine St. Suite 2800, Cincinnati, OH 45202