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City Hall showdown over streetcar records

How much will it cost city taxpayers annually to fund the streetcar? SORTA documents have those details, but the agency refuses to release them. (FOX19 NOW file) How much will it cost city taxpayers annually to fund the streetcar? SORTA documents have those details, but the agency refuses to release them. (FOX19 NOW file)
Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn (FOX19 NOW/file)
We could find out Monday how much it will cost Cincinnati taxpayers annually to fund the controversial streetcar if one city councilman has his way.

Charlie Winburn asked Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to deliver streetcar bid documents at a 12:30 p.m. committee meeting at Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St.

Winburn said he asked for the documents in March but never received them.

SORTA also has refused to release the records to FOX19 NOW. 

The agency claims giving out the information would compromise the competitive bid process. They say they are within federal guidelines to not release the records now.

But Winburn maintains taxpayers have the right to know how much the streetcar will cost them. 

He even threatened to delay giving SORTA their city funding if the records are not released. 

SORTA receives $50 million annually from the city to help run Metro buses and is selecting the company that will operate the streetcar.

SORTA officials said they respect Winburn's request, but they don't plan on bringing the documents to City Hall Monday.

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