CLEVELAND -- Voters passed Issue 7 -- the hotly debated sin tax -- with 56 percent in favor.
The 20-year sin tax renewal, uses the sales of alcohol and cigarettes in Cuyahoga County to pay for lease-required repairs on Cleveland sports facilities.
Late Tuesday night, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson released the following statement to thank voters for showing their support:
I'd like to thank everyone who voted for Issue 7 and all of those who supported the effort. By passing Issue 7, voters in Cuyahoga County recognized the obligation to maintain and improve our publicly-owned sports facilities. And, in doing so, they are providing continued support for the positive momentum happening in Cleveland.
Facilities like Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium and Quicken Loans arena are all owned by the public.
Many opponents argued the team owners should pay for stadium expenses, not the taxpayers.