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The City of Cincinnati plan to pay for infrastructure around a proposed soccer stadium relies in part on finances from Hamilton County's lodging tax. That use has to be approved by the Convention Facilities Authority (CFA).

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Soccer dominated local news this week. Or, more accurately, how to finance the game, as both Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners approved funding measures totaling approximately $52 million towards a parking garage and other infrastructure for a new FC Cincinnati stadium. The team is one of four finalists vying for a Major League Soccer franchise, and will present their proposal to MLS next week.

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FC Cincinnati now has Cincinnati's commitment to pay for $37 million of infrastructure needed for a soccer stadium as it pursues a Major League Soccer expansion team. 

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Hamilton County Commissioners approved a higher than recommended property tax rebate (PTR) at Wednesday's meeting. The PTR was created to offset the stadium sales tax.

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A five-member majority of Cincinnati City Council gave FC Cincinnati what it wanted Monday afternoon - $37 million for infrastructure improvements around a $200 million soccer stadium the club wants to build in Oakley.

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Hamilton County commissioners are ready to support a plan to pay for infrastructure around a proposed soccer stadium. Cincinnati wants to use part of its share of the lodging tax.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is unveiling a financing package to help FC Cincinnati build a soccer-specific stadium in Oakley.

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Richard Cordray says he will step down from his post as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signaling a possible run for Ohio Governor. Hamilton County Commission rejects FC Cincinnati's stadium plan just weeks before Major League Soccer owners decide which new teams to allow into the league. And a recount shows activist investor Nelson Peltz won his proxy fight with Procter and Gamble.

Hamilton County commissioners have a counter offer for a soccer stadium. And they have a plan B.

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Cincinnati's soccer club will pay for its own stadium in a bid to win a Major League Soccer Franchise. FC Cincinnati General Manager Jeff Berding says the team will pay for a $200 million facility if the county help pays for infrastructure around a stadium.

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FC Cincinnati isn't quite ready to announce a location for its planned soccer stadium or a financing plan. General Manager Jeff Berding says he wants to have something for the public to look at next week. Major League Soccer plans to announce two expansion teams in December.

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FC Cincinnati's USL Cup Playoff game at the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday Oct. 21 will be broadcast live on WSTR-TV (7:30 p.m., Channel 64).

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Hamilton County's lawyers have looked at the Paul Brown Stadium lease to see if the facility could be a new home for a Major League Soccer franchise. FC Cincinnati wants a stadium to improve its bid to join MLS.

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A new Western Hills Viaduct, Fort Washington Way decks, and a new soccer stadium have important deadlines approaching. Hamilton County commissioners held the second public hearing Monday to look at the needs and explain the deadlines.

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Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune has identified four infrastructure priorities. This comes after a public hearing last week on the county's big box projects. Portune says decisions need to be made in the next 60 days on expanding the Sharonville Convention Center, funding a new Western Hills Viaduct, covering Fort Washington Way, and possibly building a soccer stadium for FC Cincinnati.

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