Should money raised by an extension of the sin tax be used toward the $128 million in debt service the city owes on FirstEnergy Stadium?

It’s been marketed as a way to pay for stadium and arena repairs that the city and county are on the hook for because of lease obligations.

Hours after the campaign for the extension launched, two Cleveland City Council members argued it should be used for debt payoffs, creating a new issue for campaigners.

Councilmen Brian Cummins and Mike Polensek want sin tax revenue applied toward debt service costs.

They argue that the stadium improvement deal between the City and the Cleveland Browns and Cuyahoga County Council efforts to put the tax extension on the ballot moved way too fast.

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