Fundraiser held to fight streetcar

CORRYVILLE, OH (FOX19) - A fundraiser was held at Mecklenburg Gardens in Corryville Monday to support the effort for those who are opposed to a streetcar in Cincinnati.

The group, 'Yes on Issue 48' says, "Its going to be an albatross around the necks of Cincinnati residents for years to come."

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is strongly in favor of the $95 million streetcar project, saying the first phase would create 300 construction jobs and 25 permanent positions.

But those attending the fundraiser say the three mile round trip from Fountain Square to Findlay Market is too short and there are no guarantees that streetcars will be effective despite success stories in other cities.

"Its unsustainable before a foot of track has even been laid and there's no reasonable plan put in place to operate this thing," said Charlie Norman with 'Yes on Issue 48.'

"We would be the only city in America with this type of radical prohibition against any type of rail investment," said Rob Richardson with 'Cincinnatians for Progress.'

Richardson says a yes vote on Issue 48 would keep a rail system away from Cincinnati for at least the next ten years.

'Yes on Issue 48' claims Mallory is trying to reach beyond the city limits by having utility users in Hamilton County help pay the cost.

"Its just not true. Rate payers are going to have to make improvements within the utility system no matter what," said Richardson.

Issue 48 will be decided on the November 8 ballot by Cincinnati voters.

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