The city of Cincinnati has appealed a judge's ruling blocking implementation of its parking lease plan.
The judge blocked the plan approved by City Council because it contains a provision preventing voters from weighing in. City Solicitor John Curp says the ruling goes beyond the parking deal by finding that no city ordinance can be passed through emergency order. He says that means adopted ordinances can't take effect for 30 days, affecting the city's ability to do business. City officials say they need the parking deal money to cover a projected budget deficit. Opponents who sued to block the deal say it will hurt local businesses and are gathering signatures to put the issue before voters.