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Museum Trustees Back Scaled Down Icon Tax

Museum Trustees Back Scaled Down Icon Tax
Posted Friday, August 29th 2014 @ 12pm  by 700WLW News

(Queensgate) -- The Cultural Facilities Task Force recommended a quarter-cent sales tax that would pay for renovations and repairs at both the Museum Center and Music Hall, but Hamilton County Commissioners approved a ballot measure that only covers Union Terminal. 

It may have been a tough decision, but the Museum's Board of Trustees is getting behind the scaled-back Icon tax.  Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr., is Vice Chair of the Board, and says a "yes" vote this November means people will be "planting trees they won't sit under".   The five-year, quarter-cent sale tax is expected to raise $170 million for Union Terminal. 

The President of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation says the original proposal, to save both buildings, was solid.  But Kathy Merchant says they're not giving up on Music Hall.  She says with Union Terminal saved, the other pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.

Task Force Chair Murray Sinclaire says they hope to announce a plan to pay for repairs at Music Hall in the coming weeks.  Sinclaire says they'll be working with private donors, and looking for more historic preservation tax credits.


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