Columbus: Budget proposal has language to help Sin Tax vote

8:10 AM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS-- Every budget proposal contains big proposals and small amendments.

There is barely-noticed  language in the budget proposal being made by House Republicans that is a "placeholder" for a possible future vote to extend the sin tax in Cuyahoga County.

Greater Cleveland Partnership President Joe Roman confirmed the group worked to get the language included as a needed prelude to a possible vote to extend the county sin tax.

State law now forbids the use of new sin tax dollars for sports stadiums.

The language gives counties discretion to decide to do that.

The sin tax on tobacco and alcohol was used to fund homes for Cleveland sports teams.

All three facilities will have ongoing repair costs.

The Indians, Cavaliers and Browns are working with county and city leaders to decide on a strategy and timetable to ask voters to extend the sin tax for future stadium repair costs.


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