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HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Hamilton County Commissioners have a Wednesday deadline to figure out how they'll pay for Paul Brown Stadium and Great American ball park in 2013.

The county owes about $22 million.

Despite discussion on Monday, the three commissioners did not vote because they still don't agree on what to do.

If it passes, Hamilton County will actually still have the lowest sales tax of the counties with major Ohio cities, but the highest in comparison to Butler, Warren and Clermont counties.

Right now Hamilton, Warren and Clermont Counties all sit at 6.5% and Butler County continues to have one of the state's lowest sales taxes, at 6.25%.

In Hamilton and Butler Counties, we spoke with business owners to see if they think the tax increase will drive more people to Butler County for purchases.

"You know, I don't know that they'll be taking their business elsewhere, but they may be thinking about it a little bit more," said Michael Brown, owner of Nina's Florist in Springdale.

Brown is hoping that if the a sales tax increase passes, customers will not let it affect where they purchase certain items.

But at Yelton's Jewelers just a few miles up the road in Butler County, it's a different story.

"Certainly those larger ticketed items, there's a greater benefit for the tax being lower here," added T.J. Buckhardt, employee at Yelton's in West Chester.

The employee's at Yelton's are no strangers to customers shopping around for the lowest taxes.

"We'll get people that come from Chicago, they'll call from Florida, and they're wanting to know those things because their sales taxes are anywhere from 7 to 10 percent," added Burkhardt. "So for them it makes a huge difference."

But at Nina's Florist, they are hoping the commission will vote against raising taxes to pay for Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park next year.

"I don't think it's the right way to go about it, but I'm not sure exactly what the right way is," Brown said. "I'd rather the people that make use of the facilities versus people like me."

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