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Councilman withdraws plan for high-speed rail study

City Councilman Geoff Paddock's plan to use Legacy Fund money to help pay for a study needed to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the city was dashed Tuesday night.

Paddock, D-5th, withdrew his bill asking for $200,000 for an environmental impact study of a proposed high-speed rail route between Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago, because it was clear that while other council members may support the study, they did not think the money to pay for it should come from the Legacy Fund.

The Legacy Fund is money from the lease and sale of the city's old electric utility and is being used for projects that can transform the community.

Instead, Paddock said he will try to find a new source of funding for the proposal and reintroduce the bill next week. It could be discussed Dec. 10.

Paddock said $200,000 represents about 10 percent of the expected cost of the 18-month study, which is required before federal officials will consider paying for 80 percent of the rail project.

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