Cuyahoga County Looks At Renewing Sin Tax For Cleveland Stadiums

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Ohio's most populous county is considering whether to put a sin tax renewal before voters to benefit three Cleveland stadiums.

The Cuyahoga County Council has until Feb. 5 to put a 20-year renewal of the tax on alcohol and cigarettes on the May 6 ballot. Otherwise, the tax will expire in 2015.

The council began hearing arguments on both sides at packed meetings this week and could come to a vote as soon as Tuesday.

The News-Herald of Willoughby reports that renewing the tax could produce a projected $260 million over 20 years.

The county first approved of the tax in 1990, drawing just more than $350 million for construction and maintenance of the stadiums for the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns.