The campaigns for and against the sin tax have had their say.
Now it’s up to Cuyahoga County voters to decide whether or not to extend a tax on alcohol and cigarettes 20 more years to pay for lease-obligated repairs on Progressive Field, The Q and FirstEnergy Stadium.
On the day before the big vote, Channel 3 News collected opinions from stakeholders on both sides of the issue.
Dave Flowers owns Carney’s Bar, a neighborhood tavern on the fringes of The Flats. It’s not in downtown.
Unquestionably, sports facilities have brought business, life, customers and jobs to the heart of the city.
But even outside of downtown, Flowers believes the tax has benefits for his business and workers.
“I get a lot of foot traffic from games when the Cavs, Indians or Browns are playing. … They spend money. That’s my motivation,” he said.