Music Hall

Icon Tax
5:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

"Icon tax" debate continues

Supporters donning yellow t-shirts and stickers pack county commission chambers Monday with overflow in the hallway beyond.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Update 7/29/14 9 a.m.: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's staff is confirming reports he would have the city make annual payments toward the upkeep of Union Terminal for the next 25 years.  Cranley says he will propose that the city continue to make $200,000 annual payments toward Union Terminal’s maintenance. The city is currently paying that amount, but there is no legal obligation to continue it.

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Music Hall
10:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Music Hall and Union Terminal supporters pack meeting

More than 1,000 people turned out for a public hearing in Sharonville. At issue is whether Hamilton County Commissioners will put a proposed sales tax increase on the ballot to pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.
Ann Thompson WVXU

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.

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Music Hall
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Public to speak out on proposed icon tax

A task force says Union Terminal and Music Hall are in desperate need of renovations.

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.

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Cultural Facilities Levy
12:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Why National Trust says Music Hall and Union Terminal should be preserved

Orchestra members must navigate this stairwell with their instruments to access the orchestra pit.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is expanding on why it took the unprecedented step of naming two buildings from the same city to its annual list of Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Vice President John Hildreth says the decision to name Music Hall and Union Terminal to the list was a "no-brainer."

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Hamilton County Commission
4:47 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

County to consider quarter percent sales tax for Music Hall and Union Terminal repairs


*Update: 6/24/2014  Though not in writing, WVXU is told the Zoo has called Commission offices to rescind the request reported below.

*Correction: Note the corrected time for the first public hearing.

Hamilton County Commission chambers overflowed with supporters waving yellow signs Monday as the Cultural Facilities Task Force made its recommendations for fixing up Music Hall and Union Terminal.

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