Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It looked for a minute there yesterday like F.C. Cincinnati‘s stadium subsidy demand was going to die an ignominious death, after the community council of the Oakley neighborhood where the stadium would go voted unanimously to oppose the deal on the grounds that it would soak up all of the area's tax-increment financing money and leave nothing for other projects.

That didn't happen -- after a four and a half hour meeting yesterday, the Cincinnati city council voted 5-2 with one abstention and one absence (Wendell Young is still out after September heart surgery) to approve between $27 million and $37 million in public money for the project. But with team owners insisting they need $70-75 million in taxpayer subsidies to make a $200 million stadium happen, that still may not be enough to get the job done. Oh yeah, and also the team may still not want to build in Oakley after all -- take it away, Cincinnati Enquirer politics columnist Jason Williams:

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I am all for soccer growth ... but going down the same path with the same greedy owners is sickening ...

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