Board members argue for levy approval for Museum Center - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Board members argue for levy approval for Museum Center

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

With plaster falling and bricks bulging, Museum Center board members argued their case to Hamilton County Commissioners Monday to levy 150 million dollars in bonds for building repairs. The measure, if approved, would be placed on the November ballot for voters to weigh in on.

"It is something that we must do because the building is slowly but surely deteriorating and it's something that cannot wait," argued Board Chairman Otto Budig. "We have the ideal opportunity. We have an opportunity for some 1200 jobs, we have an opportunity for financing at a reasonable low rate and the amount of money we need will never be less than it is today."

"If we don't do something substantial and soon I think the long term viability of the building will be in jeopardy," former Board Chair Keith Harrison added.

On the other side of the issue, however, is the argument that while the cost to fix the historic landmark is lower, it may still be too high to justify.

"Everybody feels Union Terminal is an icon it's a historical asset to our community," County Commissioner Chris Monzel said."But during this time how do we financially pull this off when we have other buildings and other problems that we face as a county that financially we can't afford?"

Commissioner Monzel says he is willing to look at the options, but says he is not sold yet on going to the taxpayers for more money.

"If we had to vote on it today I just couldn't support it given the current economic environment," Monzel said.

Across the street from the commissioners' offices one food vendor owner said he would vote the same way. "I think taxes are too high already and I think the government is already spending money in bad places," Shane Gaskins said.

Gaskins feels strongly that the county cannot take on any additional tax burden.

"There's just so many other important things that we need tax money for," he argued. "The Museum Center just isn't one of them now."

If the Museum Center generates the money, they say no more repairs would be needed for another 80 to 90 years.

Some taxpayer argue, however, that they are already supporting the facility enough through the 2009 levy used to pay for operating costs of the city-owned building.

The levy would cost the owner of a 100,000 property roughly 10 dollars a year for 30 years.

The Museum Center's CEO says the building is safe despite of the repairs needed to replace rusted steel beams that are forcing bricks and other materials off of the historic building due to water damage.

Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    More than $55K raised for teacher who stopped shooter

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:24:15 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:21 GMT
    (Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...(Southern Illinois University via AP). RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JASON SEAMAN - In this undated photo, provided by Southern Illinois University, Jason Seaman, a defensive end for the SIU football team, poses for a photo in Carbondale, Ill. Seam...
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.Full Story >
    Online fundraiser has already surpassed $55,000 goal for Indiana teacher shot while tackling armed student.Full Story >
  • Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Bloody but forgotten WWII battle still haunts soldiers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:34 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:34:09 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:37 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:37:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). In this May 19, 2018, photo World War II veterans Allan Seroll, left, of Massachusetts, and William Roy Dover, right, of Alabama, right, attend a 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Attu in Anchorage, Alaska. Dover w...

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    Full Story >

    One of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

    Full Story >
  • US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:04:22 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:37 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:37:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key...

    Full Story >

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key moment in Marine Corps history.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly