A Hamilton County Judge has issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking, meaning voters may decide the issue.Judge Robert Winkler issued the decision on ThursdayFull Story >
A Hamilton County Judge has issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking, meaning voters may decide the issue.Full Story >
A Hamilton Co. Judge issued a permanent injunction on the City's privatized parking plan on Thursday. With that ruling, the process of laying off workers, including police and firefighters, could soon be underway.Full Story >
A Hamilton County Judge issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking on Thursday. In response, a frustrated mayor reacted to the ruling.Full Story >
Cincinnati petitioners are fighting to get the question of leasing Cincinnati's parking assets on a ballot in November. Concerned citizens are meeting in Sunday in Oakley Square at 2 p.m. to sign andFull Story >
Cincinnati petitioners are fighting to get the question of leasing Cincinnati's parking assets on a ballot in November.Full Story >
Cincinnati City Council could vote on its plan to privatize parking as early as Wednesday. Reality Check is taking a look at the revenue projections for this project. How would the amount of revenueFull Story >
Cincinnati City Council could vote on its plan to privatize parking as early as Wednesday.Full Story >
City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is presenting details of the administration's proposed plan for the city's parking facilities to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday.Full Story >
We got our first look at the proposed private parking plan. See what it means to your parking inside this story. Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati Mayor Mallory said during a news conference on Tuesday morning that the city will be forced to layoff employees if the parking plan goes on the ballot.
City Council approved a deal that would give the city $92 million up front and $3 million a year to lease the parking.
However, a group of citizens filed a lawsuit, saying the plan should go on the November ballot. Judge Robert Winkler issued a permanent injunction on the lawsuit last week, preventing the city from moving forward with the plan. The city has filed an appeal.
A petition is now circulating to get enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.
"If enough people sign this petition, it will result in layoffs to police officers and firefighters," said Mayor Mallory. "This is not a game."
Mallory said the funding from the parking plan would balance the city's budget through 2015. Without the parking plan, he said, the city will not have the funds to balance the budget. He added that one project that was scheduled to begin with funding from the parking plan - the renovation of the Kenzie Apartments in Mt. Auburn - has already fallen through due to the delay from the lawsuit.
Some of the citizens who filed the lawsuit have accused Mayor Mallory of threatening citizens. However, Mallory said he is not threatening anyone, but instead giving citizens a reality.
"If the parking plan goes to the ballot, we will be forced to lay off city employees, including police and firefighters," he said.
The City Solicitor is hoping to have a ruling on the city's appeal in the next two to three weeks.
The parking petitioners have until April 5 to get their 8,522 signatures to put the issue on the ballot, otherwise it is a moot point.
The city's budget and finance committee has called a special meeting for Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.