Foes of Ohio city's parking plan forcing vote

CINCINNATI (AP) — Opponents of a plan by Cincinnati officials to lease out city parking have enough signatures to put it to a November vote.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/13rmJJo ) that the Hamilton County Board of Elections says that 200 more petition signatures than the 8,522 needed have been validated. There are still more to be counted from petitions circulated by people who want a referendum on parking.

The city would lease its meters, garages and parking lots, getting $92 million in upfront revenues it says would close a budget gap and fund major projects.

Opponents say turning over the parking system would lead to higher rates and penalties, and hurt city residents and businesses.

City officials have said blocking the parking plan could lead to police, fire and other city layoffs.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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