CLEVELAND-- Another push for the sin tax renewal, Tuesday.
Officials with Progressive Field gave a tour to the media to show examples of what the tax would pay for.
"It would pay for the storm and sanitary pumps that are on the basement level. Also, the hot water tanks that support the hot water needs, the concrete surface, and the heating and ventilation of concession stands on the main concourse and above," said Chris Donahoe, director of facility maintenance at the ballpark.
That is where the sin tax comes into play.
"It would take care of these four areas, as well as a number of others. Our primary focus is completely on the building. It is so we can repair and replace those things that are required to keep the building functioning and to keep it safe," added Jim Folk, vice president of ballpark operations.
What officials are counting on is for Cuyahoga County voters to decide on May 6 if the existing tax on alcohol and cigarettes should be renewed.
If it is, the tax would pay for major capital repairs at Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium.
"We're are at, near, or past the useful life of a lot of these things. So, we're really starting to get to the point where that renovation or type of renovation will need to take place," added Folk.
Not everyone is on the same team, however.
"The initial reaction from me and a lot of other people is 'hey, why don't we take the people on a tour of our city streets?'" said Ward 14 councilman Brian Cummins.
Councilman Cummins said his biggest concern is where the money is actually going.
"The first thing to do is confirm what in fact the sin tax will be used for. I've asked both executive branches of the city and the county, as well as county council and I can't get answers from anyone about if the sin tax money will go towards the debt obligations that both the city and the county have on the books for building these facilities," said Councilman Cummins.
Councilman Cummins says the sin tax proposal doesn't break down the amount between teams, either.
"The primary thing that the public is hearing is what do the teams need to pay for improvements and upgrades and fan experiences? Look, we do have obligations. But I want to know what we are getting from the sin tax for the debt payments for these facilities," added Cummins.
And in the end, the ball is in the voter's court.
"We've never even thought of if we don't. We have to. It has to be maintained. There's an obligation that the Indians and Gateway has to maintain the facility," added Folk.