SORTA votes to keep city from using tax money for streetcar

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - SORTA, the organization that oversees Metro, voted 7-6 on Wednesday to keep the city of Cincinnati from using tax money that funds Metro to pay for the streetcar project.

Some members of the board think the administration wants to fund part of the streetcar project with money that goes toward daily operation of the bus system.

Mayor Mark Mallory says they don't need to use the money for the project because he says it's already funded, he just doesn't think there should be restrictions on how that tax money can be spent.

The board vote is not the end of the story, though. An agreement must be signed by the two sides on streetcar funding in order for the federal government to release grant money for the project.

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