Cincinnati appeals ruling blocking parking plan

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati has appealed a judge's ruling barring the city from going ahead immediately with a parking lease plan.

The city solicitor says Cincinnati appealed the judge's decision Thursday to the 1st District Ohio Court of Appeals. City Solicitor John Curp says the ruling goes beyond the parking deal by finding that no city ordinance can be passed through emergency order.

He says that means adopted ordinances can't take effect for 30 days, affecting the city's ability to do business.

City officials say they need the parking deal money to cover a projected budget deficit. They say losing the $92 million upfront payment from leasing the parking could result in hundreds of layoffs.

The opponents who sued to block the deal are gathering signatures to put the parking issue before voters.

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