"We're going to have a streetcar," says Mayor John Cranley.
Council member Kevin Flynn says he has secured $900,000 per year for 10 years (total = $9 million) from the Haile Foundation to operate the streetcar.
Cranley says he still opposes the project but he won't stop what City Council has decided to move forward on. He will not, however, sign the legislation. "Like I tell my son when he doesn't get his way, it's time to move on." He says he'll be providing project oversight and asking lots of questions to make sure it comes in on time and under budget.
The housing market in the Cincinnati area has marked 29 consecutive months of increased sales, rising 5 percent last month. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors says home sales were up 21 percent from January through November.
For all of Ohio, the number of homes sold rose 1.6 percent in November. That also represents 29 straight months of growth.
Cincinnati Council will likely vote Thursday on whether the city's controversial streetcar project will continue.
Construction has been on hold since December 4th. Now the group will decide whether to let work resume or finally pull the plug on the plan.
So far the city has spent $34 million on the streetcar project. An independent audit firm reported Wednesday it will cost anywhere from $16 to $46 million to cancel the streetcar or about $69 million to complete it.
Hamilton County Commissioners are growing increasingly frustrated with Cincinnati leaders over which entity gets to set hiring policies for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).
Commissioner Greg Hartmann is proposing the two sides come up with inclusion goals, incentive programs, and a way to support apprenticeship programs.
"I'm prepared to go to court if that's what it takes," says Hartmann. The local hiring policy passed by City Council is illegal and the responsible bidder program is flat out discrimination against non-union shops."
Cincinnati officials are showing a nearly $16 million General Fund deficit for the next budget year starting July 1st.
The information is contained in a tentative tax budget city council's Budget and Finance Committee will consider during a public hearing on January 6th. The document must be provided to the Hamilton County Auditor by January 20th. That office will use it to set the property tax millage rate for 2015 based on estimated property valuation.