Hamilton County Commissioners Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann are calling on the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to pull promised dollars from the Cincinnati Streetcar project.
In a letter, the pair say that because of "significant cost overruns" they believe OKI's $4 million could be better spent elsewhere. They also request alternative options for the money's use be brought before the OKI executive council.
A standing room only crowd was on hand at Cincinnati City Hall Monday night as Council held a four-hour public hearing on the much debated streetcar project.
City Manager Milton Dohoney spent an hour describing why the city is pursing the plan.
"We have not pursued it simply because it's a cool thing to do," Dohoney said. "But because experts have all told us it's what we need to do, if we want to have a competitive advantage with regards to other communities."