Anti-tax group files suit over Cincy mayor's car

Published: Tue, May 17, 2011 @ 10:05 a.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s lawsuit against the city now isn’t the only suit filed over the mayor’s $500-a-month car allowance.

The attorney for two members of an anti-tax group called COAST says they’ve brought their own lawsuit to protect the interests of taxpayers.

Mallory sued Cincinnati earlier this month to determine whether he’s allowed to collect the car money. COAST has alleged the payments are not legal because they’re not mentioned in the city charter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city used to have a limousine and driver for the mayor before introducing the car allowance in 1984.

The newspaper reports Mallory has collected about $30,000 from the allowance since 2005. His attorney says if Mallory ever has to pay that back he’d suffer “irreparable injury.”

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