Appeals court denies request for stay on parking deal

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The First District Court of Appeals has denied a motion for a stay of execution in the city's parking deal, or in other words, is refusing to stop the City of Cincinnati from moving forward with the plan.

"The court of appeals was sending a very clear message that politics belong on the council floor and not at the court house," said Cincinnati City Solicitor John Curp.

Last week, the appeals court overruled a decision from the lower court that would have stopped the plan from moving forward.

The group opposed to the parking plan filed a motion asking for a stay of execution that would have prevented the city from signing a deal until an appeal was heard. That motion was denied, clearing the city to sign a deal.

"We still think we have a shot at knocking it out and we are going to pursue it vigorously to the Ohio Supreme Court until its conclusion," said Attorney Christopher Finney, who represents opponents of the parking plan.

Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance in March that would privatize the city's parking, giving the city $92 million up front and $3 million a year. However, some council members say the city administration should reconsider the deal.

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