The mayor of Cincinnati is claiming that supporters of a controversial transit project deliberately understated its costs in order to enhance its political appeal.
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Mayor John Cranley, who was elected in 2013 on a platform based largely on opposition to the Cincinnati Streetcar, made the accusation on Thursday after a closed-door meeting to discuss the project’s contingency fund, which “is estimated at only $80,000 after it started at $9.7 million when construction began in 2013,” WCPO-TV reports.

“One of the things that we discovered in our meeting is that several things that have been spent out of the contingency are items that are absolutely essential,” Cranley said, suggesting that the project will either need more tax dollars or have to be reduced in scope.

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