Mayor John Cranley introduced the group Thursday before it held its first organizational meeting.
"Study after study has shown that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy," Cranley said. "Besides bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives, they also preserve existing jobs and they create new jobs and stabilize and strengthen our housing market."
More than a thousand people, most of them in favor of putting a sales tax increase on the ballot, turned out at the first of two public hearings on the issue. The money would be used to renovate the crumbling Union Terminal and pay for upgrades at Music Hall.
There was passion on both sides of the issue during the three hour meeting at the Sharonville Convention Center. Most agreed the icons should be preserved, but who would and how to pay for it was in question.
Increasingly people are losing interest in the "one size fits all" approach for medical care. Sixty-eight year old Gary Marcum knew he didn't want it when he faced his second knee replacement. The first one was a partial, but the recovery lasted months and he was in a lot of pain.
If the group "Save our Icons" has its way, Hamilton County residents will be able to cast a ballot in November on a proposed 9-year 0.25% sales tax to pay for renovation of Music Hall and Union Terminal. It would raise the county sales tax to 7%.
The Cultural Facilities Task Force recommended the tax to fund the renovations estimated to be $331 million. Private money is also being raised. Hamilton County Commissioners have until August 6 to put the issue before voters.