City parking
2:43 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Parking lease opponents ask Ohio Supreme Court to hear case

The residents who opposed Cincinnati's controversial parking lease are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case.  

Attorneys filed a notice of appeal Monday and a motion asking for an expedited schedule for the matter.  

In June, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Cincinnati on the proposed parking lease to the Port Authority.  In a two-to-one opinion the panel said the lease agreement Council passed in March is not subject to a voter referendum, because it was passed as an emergency ordinance.  

Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Winkler had issued an injunction earlier in the spring which barred the city from implementing the plan to turn the parking system over to the Port Authority in exchange for a $92 million up-front payment.  

Parking lease opponents successfully gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, but that action was stopped with the appeals court ruling.  

Cincinnati officials have since signed the lease with the Port Authority and negotiations between the two sides are continuing to work out the final terms of the agreement.