Hamilton County voters may see the return of the Cincinnati Museum
Levy on the 2014 ballot. The Museum Center has requested a renewal of a
five-year, $15 million levy for operating expenses.
A current report says it will cost $180 million for the needed
repairs. However, commissioners say that is too costly.
"The latest report is that the facility
needs a $180 million fix, and well, my view on that is that's too much money,"
says Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartman.
Commissioners said on Monday that they want to see a less
costly plan to make the repairs by June 18, 2014. Then, they'll move on to
discussion of a renewal of the operating levy for the space.
"There's a sense of urgency now. We need
to have the urgency. We need to have a plan. We need to have something that
people step up and say this yes, this is what we will do," says Doug McDonald,
President and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Many people at the Museum hope a viable plan
"We come every Monday," said Sue, a
frequent visitor of the museum. "So, we definitely want to see it repaired."
Commissioners say they hope the repair plan
includes a combination of federal, state and local funds as well as donations.