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Cuyahoga Council is expected to vote tonight on sin tax for stadiums
Vote would put 20-year extension on May ballots
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
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Cuyahoga County Council is expected to vote at 5 tonight on whether to put an extension of the so-called sin tax on the May ballot. 

The tax on alcohol and cigarettes pays for maintenance and upgrades at Cleveland’s three pro-sports facilities: FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans arena. The 20-year extension is expected to raise at least $260 million. 

Critics say the tax is a handout for billionaires. Supporters say it’s a way to maintain publicly owned facilities without cutting into the general fund. 

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