Cincinnati stadium ticket tax may miss fall ballot

Aug 19, 2011

A proposal to let voters decide whether to use a ticket tax to pay for operations at riverfront stadiums used by the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds may miss the fall ballot. 

Backers say the sales tax approved by voters to build the stadiums hasn't generated enough money to cover costs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says Friday that no signatures supporting a vote on the tax have been turned into the county board of elections.

The deadline to put a charter amendment on the November ballot is Sept. 9.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who pitched the citizen's initiative, says he and other backers will check how many signatures have been gathered and then decide whether to go forward in November or wait.