CINCINNATI - Plans to build a streetcar line in Cincinnati will face a new roadblock Wednesday when Cincinnati City Council meets.
Four Republican councilmembers are proposing an ordinance to stop $28 million in bonds from being issued, so those debt payments can go to repairing roads and streets in the city.
The councilmembers, Leslie Ghiz, Anne Murray, Wayne Lippert and Charles Winburn, say as much as $2 million in additional road repairs can be made if the bond issue for the streetcar was scrapped.
That proposal faces stiff opposition from other councilmembers who favor the streetcar project. Also, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory has been a strong champion for the streetcar.
The current proposed route for the streetcar would take it from Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine into downtown. The original route up the Vine Street hill to the University of Cincinnati and Uptown was scrapped when Ohio Gov. John Kasich pulled $52 million in state funding for the streetcar.
The anti-streetcar bond issue measure will be considered by city council at its regularly scheduled 2 p.m. meeting Wednesday.
We'll have that meeting covered for you with updates here at WCPO.com and stories later on 9 News.
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