City committee OKs money for Cincinnati streetcar

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's city council is expected to officially OK an additional $17.4 million for a planned streetcar project after the council's budget and finance committee gave approval.

All nine council members are on the committee that voted 5 to 4 Monday to add the money. The funds are needed to close the gap between the $44 million construction cost originally expected and a later construction company bid of nearly $71 million.

The committee also approved motions asking the city administration to provide the council and public with more accountability.

The growing price tag for the planned 3.6-mile track and streetcar was estimated last month at $133 million.

Supporters say the streetcar will boost downtown business and tourism while some critics have said the city needs the money for other purposes.

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