Reality Check: Where did the money come from for the streetcar s - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Reality Check: Where did the money come from for the streetcar signs?

(FOX19) - If Cincinnati's new streetcar is built, it will run 3 miles from Ft. Square to Findlay Market.

There are 16 stops on that route.  Last week, city leaders put up signs at each one of those stops.

But we've been hearing from some viewers who want to know, how much money did the city spend on signs for a street car that may never be built?

First, how much did those signs cost?  After doing some digging, I found those 16 signs cost a total of $2,900.00.  If you break it down, per sign, 181.25.

It turns out, that money is not from the City's General Fund.  The $2,900 dollars actually comes from the Urban Circulator grant, which is one of the sources of funding for the streetcar.

The total amount of that grant that will go toward the streetcar project is $25 million dollars.  The total cost for the entire streetcar project is $95 million.

So, as far as the signs go, this was not money that could have been used for police and firefighters.  It is grant money that could only be used for the streetcar project.

As we've told you, there is a large opposition group to the Cincinnati streetcar.  So much so, that the issue will go to voters on this November's ballot.

If voters vote "Yes" on the streetcar issue, they will vote eliminate not just the current streetcar project but will ban all streetcar attempts for at least 10 years.

Here's what you need to know:

While the money used for these signs may not have come from the City's General Fund, they may be a bit premature.

In the event that voters choose to block the streetcar project, there are now 16 prominently displayed signs for a streetcar that won't exist.  And whether taxpayer money was used or not to pay for the creation of the signs, it is city workers who had to put them up and city workers who may have to take them down.

And that is Reality Check.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:24:15 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:08:14 GMT
    (Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...(Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.Full Story >
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.Full Story >
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:34:09 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:07:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    Full Story >

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    Full Story >
  • LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:14:46 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:07:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the...Full Story >
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly