Smitherman: Postpone streetcar, atrium plans

CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati city councilman is voicing his opposition to the city's proposition to hike taxes to fund a streetcar and atrium.

Christopher Smitherman (D) released a statement Wednesday asking City Council and Mayor Mark Mallory to postpone plans for the streetcar and atrium. Smitherman says the city can save $9.4 million from the capital budget because the streetcar would cost $5 million per year, and the atrium's construction is billed at $4.4 million.

"It is outrageous to raise property taxes while moving forward on projects that are not priorities for the citizens of Cincinnati," Smitherman said. "Citizens in Cincinnati do not support increasing their property taxes."

Smitherman joins several other city officials who view the projects as an unnecessary use for tax dollars.

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