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Controversial Cincy parking plan moves forward

CINCINNATI (AP) — An appeals court ruling has cleared the way for Cincinnati to move forward with a controversial plan to privatize parking.

Wednesday's ruling from the First District Court of Appeals says the city properly passed an emergency ordinance in March for the parking plan to help offset a budget shortfall, avoid layoffs and kick start major redevelopment projects.

The ruling reverses a lower court's order that put the city's plan on hold and would allow a public vote on the issue in November.

A citizens group opposed to the parking plan had collected more than enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

The group says there are smarter ways to solve a budget gap than by privatizing parking and that parking costs will skyrocket under the new system.

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