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First hearing on proposed tax increase to save Music Hall and Union Terminal

CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- They acted as places the public went to spend time with family, entertain out-of-town guests or enjoy world-class performances.
   
But the historic icons have begun to fall apart and the question becomes, will the public be willing to help pay to fix them?  The cost to repair Union Terminal and Music Hall could now be as much as $341 million.  That money could be used for everything from the streets in front of the icons to the structures themselves.

In both cases there were parts of the buildings that appear to be crumbling.  Wednesday night's public meeting will take place at the Sharonville Convention Center.  Discussion will center around whether Hamilton County should impose a hike in the sales tax to fund the repair work at Union Terminal and Music Hall.
   
The city of Cincinnati owns both buildings.  Anti-tax opponents claim the tax could last as long as 14 years, even though it was initially pitched to last nine years.
   
Local 12 asked people outside of Union Terminal if they would be willing to pick up the tab:

"The building's worth keeping, and keeping up.  I mean, we wait longer, it'll take more money to fix it," said Eric Ford who works in Hamilton County.

Hamilton County resident, Debbie Davis, said, "Because we need to keep these wonderful facilities and keep them up in Cincinnati.  It's a privilege to be able to go into these places."

Wednesday's meeting will start at 6:30p.m.  A large turnout from both sides is expected.  A second hearing has been scheduled for this Monday, July 28, at 11a.m. in the county commissioners meeting room.

Both Music Hall and Union Terminal have the dubious distinction of being on a list of America's most endangered places.    Local 12 will have the hearing covered and you can share your comments about the proposed tax increase on the Local 12's Facebook page.


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