Sin Tax Debate Unfolds on Fox 8 News

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County voters will have the chance in May to vote on Issue 7, also known as the Sin Tax.

Approving the measure would extend the tax for another 20 years and raise an estimated $270 million for the improvement and upkeep of Cleveland's three professional sports stadiums.

On Fox 8 News in the Morning Monday, anchor Wayne Dawson moderated a debate on the issue between Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, who is in favor of the renewal, and William Tarter Jr., a county resident serving in a volunteer capacity as Vice Chair of Coalition Against the Sin Tax, who is opposed.

Consumers pay a Sin Tax that amounts to 1.5 cents on a 12-ounce bottle of beer, 6 cents on a 750-milliliter bottle of wine, $3 on a gallon of hard liquor, and 4.5 cents per pack of cigarettes.

The issue will be on the ballot May 6.

Watch the video above to see Kelley and Tartar present their arguments.

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