CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Council has voted unanimously, 11-0, to put the sin tax renewal on the May ballot.
The money would be used for ongoing upkeep and repairs of Progressive Field, The Q and FirstEnergy Stadium.
All three facilities were paid for with sin tax dollars. The tax runs out next year.
If the sin tax is not renewed, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County will be on the hook for future repair costs.
Public sentiment seems to be loudly against a tax renewal.
Back on Jan. 23, the Indians and Cavaliers provided Cuyahoga County Council with cost figures for repairs they hope to make if the sin tax passes.
The Indians presented a list of repairs totaling an estimated $61.2 million to $67.2 million .
The list includes mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and structural items.
Sure to attract attention, there was $13.6 million to $14.9 million to replace the scoreboard.
The Cavaliers' similar list included fixes and upgrades totaling $55 million to $65 million. The Cavs' list includes $8 million to $9 million for an HD scoreboard system.
The Indians also provided information concerning other major league ballparks.
The team claims that, if repairs are completed to Chicago's archaic 1914 Wrigley Field, it will leave Progressive Field as the only ballpark that has not been built or had a major renovation in the last 20 years.
Both teams have spent millions on repair costs not required by their lease.
If the sin tax on cigarettes and alcohol is not extended , the city, county and Gateway will have to find other ways to pay many of the costs because of lease obligations.