COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in Ohio’s two largest counties have gone in opposite directions on using taxpayers’ money for leisure pursuits.
Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH’-guh) County voters on Tuesday approved extending a sin tax for 20 years to fund Cleveland’s three major sports venues, while Franklin County residents said no to a permanent tax hike that would pay for improvements to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The Cuyahoga tax extension is expected to raise at least $260 million over 20 years. It will be distributed to the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium, the Indians’ Progressive Field and the Cavaliers’ Quicken Loans Arena.
The Franklin County measure, rejected by 70 percent of the voters after a contentious campaign, would have raised millions for a downtown satellite zoo and other projects. Supporters said they will try again.