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The city of Cincinnati’s lease of its parking operations will have to withstand a lawsuit.

Hamilton County Judge Ralph Winkler blocked the agreement yesterday, moments after city council approved the plan. The reason for the block was because council members Yvette Simpson, Laure Quinlivan, and Roxanne Qualls allegedly changed the wording of the parking ordinance into an “emergency appropriation”.

According the city law, ordinances that are “emergency appropriations” can not go on the ballot for citizens to decide.

Neighborhood councils and activist groups then filed a lawsuit toward the city, arguing that council is blocking city residents’s right to a referendum on the issue.

Winkler ruled in favor of the group, signing a total restraining order against the city. This gives the judge a week to rule whether or not city residents can put this issue on the ballot.

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