• Cincinnati Repeals Billboard Fee Hike

    Cincinnati’s City Council voted to repeal its recent, significant increase in billboard fees.  The unanimous vote to scrap the fee increase occurred October 10 in open session of the council that was live-streamed on the city’s website.

    Norton Outdoor and Lamar Advertising had challenged the fee increase in court, along with Cincinnati’s new excise tax on billboards.  That constitutional case is pending, with a decision expected soon.

    Cincinnati’s higher fees and targeted billboard tax were enacted June 27 to help balance the city’s budget that began July 1.  On July 30, Court of Common Pleas Court Judge Curt C. Hartman issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to block the new tax and fees. The judge then heard testimony on the pending lawsuit.  Insider will provide a detailed account of the outcome of this important litigation.


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