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.
For six decades, the Santangelos have brought us the greatest names in R&B, rock and jazz – the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead and ZZ Top.
Homeowners occasionally refinance their mortgages to take advantage of lower interest rates to save money.
The Hamilton County Commissioners just did essentially the same thing Wednesday with the bonds it issued back in the 1990's to build Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park and other riverfront improvements.
The Cincinnati Bengals are asking Hamilton County for a review of Paul Brown Stadium comparing it with other NFL facilities. The request falls under the terms of the lease approved nearly 20 years ago. Commission President Greg Hartmann says the stadium is an important county asset.
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is recommending a quarter cent sales tax increase to stabilize the stadium fund. His plan would also preserve the full property tax rebate promised to voters in the mid-90's.
The board is dealing with a $7 million gap. The proposal would increase the sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75%. Here's how Hamilton County's sales tax rate compares with Ohio's other 87 counties.