Critics weigh options in 'Icon Levy'

Supporters of the levy demonstrate with signs outside the meeting.
Supporters of the levy demonstrate with signs outside the meeting.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The debate continues over what is being called the "Icon Levy", a proposed levy to increase sales tax in order to fund renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.

Local tax watchdog group COAST presented seven alternatives on Monday that they claim will save taxpayer dollars and still fund needed renovations to the landmark buildings.

Removing Music Hall from the proposal and increasing contributions from the city are two solutions offered by COAST, but supporters of the levy say it should be up to residents to decide on the November ballot.

The Cultural Task Force of Cincinnati released a statement condemning COAST's ideas, saying none of them were new and delaying the decision is causing taxpayer dollars. Read their entire statement here.

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