Union Terminal

Hamilton County's sales tax goes up Wednesday.

The quarter cent increase was approved by voters in November to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

Ohio Department of Taxation Communications Director Gary Gudmundson says vendors were notified in February about the upcoming change.

"These transitions typically go pretty smoothly," says Gudmundson. "The technology has made it easier for vendors to adjust their cash registers to correctly charge and collect the proper sales tax."

Cincinnati Museum Center officials will decide soon on which firm will renovate the art deco landmark.

Last year, taxpayers approved a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

According to a statement, BHDP Architecture, GBBN architects and Quinn Evans Architects are the three finalists. The first two are Cincinnati-based companies. The third is based in Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, MI.

Teams will present proposals in the coming weeks.

A final decision is expected by early April.

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Work is underway setting up a structure and oversight committee for the Union Terminal repair project. County Administrator Christian Sigman says "this is very similar to what the city and the county did with the Joint Banks Steering Committee."

Like The Banks, the Union Terminal project will be done under a public/private partnership. A project manager has not been hired yet.

In November, taxpayers approved a five year, quarter cent sales tax to fund the upgrades.
 

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It was a big night for Issue 8 supporters as Hamilton County voters agreed to a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

The tally in the unofficial vote on Tuesday evening was 143,130, or 61 percent, voting for the levy and 89,972, or 39 percent, against.

If Hamilton County voters approve a sales tax increase to repair Union Terminal, the work will be done under a public/private partnership.

Commissioners are directing the county administrator to begin drafting an agreement to set up the public-private partnership or P3.

Under this option, a private group like 3CDC would handle all the repair planning.

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