CLEVELAND - There were no balls hit, pitched, shot, thrown, kicked or caught but all three Cleveland sports teams scored a victory Tuesday night as Cuyahoga County voters approved an extension of the sin tax on tobacco and alcohol to fund future stadium repairs and improvements.
Issue 7 extends the tax passed initially to build the stadium for another 20 years.
"By passing Issue 7, voters in Cuyahoga County recognized the obligation to maintain and improve our publicly-owned sports facilities," said Mayor Frank Jackson in a statement. "And, in doing so, they are providing continued support for the positive momentum happening in Cleveland."
They also save the city and county from having to come up with the money for big ticket repairs down the road, which they would have been on the line for had Issue 7 not passed.
"Had this failed we still would have had to pay that but it would have come out of the general fund," said Council President Kevin Kelley. "That's our fund for firefighters, police officers, parks. So what the voters of Cuyahoga County did is they provided a revenue stream to take pressure off the general fund and for that I am very grateful," he said.
On hand at the victory party at A.J. Roccos near Progressive Field were representatives of the city's three sports teams.
Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski expressed his thanks to the voters of Cuyahoga County and said this extension sends a message to the rest of the country.
"We are fortunate to have all three major professional teams and the facilities in the core of downtown Cleveland which is very unique in the United States and when you look at how that works in aggregate with Playhouse Square, with the Convention Center, the Horseshoe Casino, East Fourth Street, all these great assets the Rock Hall, all working together we truly have something special here."
"It sends a signal to the rest of the country that we're going to continue to invest in our city, in our downtown and better times are definitely ahead," he said.