Issue 8: What it pays for, what it won't

Issue 8: What it pays for, what it won't

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - One of the biggest issues Hamilton County residents will be voting on Tuesday is Issue 8.

It is a quarter of one percent sales tax that by law is limited to five years.

Proponents say if you vote yes for Issue 8, you'll be paying an additional 2 cents for every ten dollars you spend in Hamilton County. The tax is expected to generate more than $170 million in funding the full restoration of historic Union Terminal.

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"The big thing tomorrow is to just be informed on the issue. We already know some of the questions you are going to get. What does it pay for? What won't it pay for? How do I make sure it's not another stadium deal?" said Cody Hefner Monday to more than forty Issue 8 volunteers.

Several of them will spend Election Day at polling sites across Hamilton County.

The goal is to explain the issue to voters and answer any questions they might have before they go to the ballot box.

"I'm really anxious and I want to get this number eight passed," said Sonja Wilson, a Union Terminal volunteer. "I tell some of the little children 'now that when I was little and came here, you couldn't walk through that rotunda. It was wall to wall people because there were so many soldiers coming and going. That was our entertainment.'"

"There wasn't much to do back then," she continued. "We'd drive down here, watch the troops come in and out. My father taught me how to read the arrival and departure sheets so that if I ever wanted to take a train, I would know how to get in and out," said Wilson.

But now, time for Union Terminal is running out.

"This is it," said Hefner.

Representatives of Union Terminal and the Cincinnati Museum Center say if Issue 8 passes, it means saving the structural integrity of the building. The quarter of one percent county sales tax will fund nearly 200 million in construction needs before the building literally falls apart.

Hefner says time is quite literally of the essence.

"We are never ready to give up on the building. We are not ready to give up on issue 8 until the election is called. We are optimistic that the county will support us," said Hefner.

Sonja Wilson isn't giving up either.

"It's my second home. At times people would say do i have a bunk bed here because they see me every day. I just love it," she said.

There has been no organized effort opposed to Issue 8.

Tax critics say because the county has been responsible for the building, it makes sense to find a way to pay for the repairs.

They just hope if Issue 8 passes, this nearly $200 million will be enough for the job.

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