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CLEVELAND — Are Cuyahoga County taxpayers getting a good deal or a bad deal when it comes to its major league sports teams?

That was a key point of contention at a forum on the proposed extension of the sin tax at the City Club Tuesday.

County voters will make that decision in May.

Council President Kevin Kelley called the teams’ leases “public friendly” compared to leases in other cities.

He also said the failure of the sin tax could lead to general public funds being needed to fulfill the public’s obligations on the two stadiums and the arena.

An opponent, Peter Pattakos, said proponents need to look for other ways to finance the repairs other than through a regressive sin tax.

The discussion also included whether the leases should be renegotiated with the teams to make sure they stay as long as the tax would run – an additional 20 years.