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

Is it better to fund schools or fill hotel rooms?

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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.

Become a WCPO Insider to read why business reporter Dan Monk thinks the policy questions raised by the case deserve a public debate.

 

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