MONK: School board challenge of convention center exemption raises important questions

Is it better to fund schools or fill hotel rooms?

The Ohio Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments on the city's exemption for Duke Energy Convention Center.

Lots of money is at risk. Filings show the city faces a tax bill of more than $12 million – including $7 million that would go to Cincinnati Public Schools - if the exemption is lost on convention center parcels dating back to 2006.

Perhaps more importantly, the case calls into question whether the city's historic exemption for government-owned property is valid in an era where public-private partnerships abound.

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