Ohio Proposed Sales Tax Preserves Culture
- Apr 10, 2012 | Susan McLain
Cincinnati, Ohio is looking for ways to preserve their culture and historical buildings. One proposed method is “…a small sales tax hike of a quarter-penny to a half-cent in Hamilton County…to build a new cultural renovations fund that could pay for repairs to Union Terminal, renovation of Music Hall and a lot more,” says a group of Cincinnati foundations and civic groups.
Included in those renovations would be the Union Terminal, Music Hall, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati Zoo. Concrete is crumbling throughout Union Terminal and other major improvements are needed for each of the noted historical locations.
Andy Scott of the Haile Foundation suggests, “Let’s create a partnership that is a shared responsibility, where both public and private sectors can work together.” The sales tax hike combined with private funding sources could be dedicated to “…major capital expenses like making repairs and renovations or building new additions and attractions.” Operating expenses would still be the responsibility of each location.
The public seems to agree that this is an important issue. When asked about whether they would be willing to pay for improvements through an increased sales tax, attendees over Easter weekend had these comments:
“I would definitely be willing to pay a half-cent sales tax hike. We have to preserve these buildings somehow.” – Bruce Hehemann of West Chester
“Why not. They do it for everything else, so…and this is such a nice place. You shouldn’t get rid of something like this. The kids have fun here.” – Neva Holloman of the West End.
This proposal is just a suggestion right now and the next few months will see seminars and hearings that will discuss the viability of this suggestion.