(WOIO) - Anyone who owns a house knows the drill. After time, the roof leaks, sidewalks crack and appliances break down.
So it comes as no shock that Cleveland's major sports facilities are now looking a little shabby. Both Progressive Field and the "Q" are nearly twenty years old and Browns Stadium isn't far behind. But the repairs won't come cheap. We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars. Question is, who's going to pay for it?
If local business leaders and team owners have their way, the heavy lifting will be done by the taxpayers who could be asked to vote on a twenty year extension of the so-called "sin tax". But that could be a hard sell in a community that is losing jobs faster than any area in the country.
If the tax renewal has any chance of passing, team owners need to convince voters that the teams themselves will be willing to kick in more than just a few bucks of their own.
Write and let me know what you think. I'm Bill Applegate and here's the address.
1717 E. 12th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114