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CLEVELAND -- City and business leaders say Captain America pays cash.

But there are also costs associated with bringing a big time movie to Cleveland. Channel 3 News wanted to make sure that, in the end, even the taxpayers make money.

"There's a little anxiety, some roads will be shutdown, but I view this as some short term inconveniences that are going to pay long-term dividends with this whole industry that we're creating here in Cleveland," said Councilman Matt Zone, who represents the area.

The Winter Soldier's sets will cause detours and close the Detroit Shoreway for completely from May 30to June 15.

Cleveland will have to pay for traffic control, setting up street signs, and other costs. But a city spokesperson says every dime will be paid back by the production company.

And the revenue the city makes from sales tax on goods and services, hotel bed taxes, and income tax on the film's workers is growing.

The State's Motion Picture Tax Credit offers a rebate of 25 percent on wages and other expenses involved in a qualifying film -- and they pay 10 percent more for using Ohio workers, 35 percent for Ohio resident's wages.

"Filmmakers get a rebate after they are done shooting. This rebate is calculated by how many crew members, cast, vendors were used in the making of the project," said Gail Mezey, the Ohio Film Office coordinator.

That incentive is paid by state taxpayer money, but industry experts say it's a necessary part of building a full-time industry. It's also common -- 37 states have tax credits for movie makers.

"We have created over 900 fulltime jobs here in this region," said Zone. "There have been 10,000 hours of car rentals that wouldn't have happened if those movies weren't here. Right now, all the hotel rooms downtown, they're booked."

This sequel featuring lots of Hollywood stars is expected to hire 2,700 people and to spend about $36 million in Ohio.

A Cleveland State study showed for every dollar that taxpayers invest in the incentive, the payoff is $1.20. That means taxpayers make an extra twenty cents, returned to the state economy.

"That dollar is circulated three and four times, so if that didn't happen, those dollars didn't come here, an estimated $90 million dollars, you wouldn't see that multiplier effect," said Zone.

"The city of Cleveland, Positively Cleveland wecouldn'tcome up with enough money to creative the positive press around the filming of this picture. I'm just looking forward to the next one," said Zone.

There's another thing you can't put a price tag on: Cleveland's profile. Ivan Schwarz with the Cleveland Film Commission says Cleveland don't brag about their city enough. But to have hundreds of guests enjoy their stay means people will go home talking about Cleveland.

"When high profile motion pictures continuously come to Cleveland, it puts us on the map," said Mezey. "Studio and industry players now think of Ohio when they think of their next big project. Ohio is becoming known as a great state to work in. From our diverse locations, to our local talent pool to our tax credit, our state can rival others in terms of what we have to offer."

The film industry in the US makes about $143 billiona year.

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