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.