It was a two-on-two verbal showdown at the City Club,
Backers of renewing the sin tax took on its critics.
City Council President Kevin Kelley and Cavs and Q President Len Komoroski made the case for the tax.
Lawyer Peter Pattakos of the Coalition Against the Sin Tax teamed with skyped-in Neil deMause. DeMause runs the website www.fieldofschemes.com and is a national critic of taxpayer-funded professional sports facilities.
The debate started with Kelley making the point the city and county are on the hook for repair costs because of lease obligations negotiated back in the Gateway days.
He said, “We have to pay these obligations we have. The only question is will it come from the sin tax or the general fund” that pays for police, firefighters, street repairs and trash collection.