Supporters of the "Save Our Icons" cause filled the room as the Hamilton County Commission discussed whether to place a sales tax hike for repairs to Music Hall and Union Terminal on the November Ballot. (Photo by L. Cunningham)
Union Terminal, left, and Music Hall in Cincinnati. (File images)
CINCINNATI - "Save our Icons" supporters far outweighed opponents of the so-called "icons tax" on social media Wednesday.
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CINCINNATI - Voters will decide if the Union Terminal gets funding for repairs come this November, and supporters of the so-called "icons tax" are not altogether pleased.
On Wednesday, Hamilton County commissioners voted 2-to-1 to place a five-year sales tax hike on the general ballot for Union Terminal--home to the Cincinnati Museum Center--but shafted repairs for Music Hall.
READ MORE: Hamilton Co. commissioners approve Union Terminal sales tax proposal for Nov. ballot
After the vote, the room was respectfully silent--minus a few audible declarations of “Good luck,” and “Let your people vote,” from supporters of the tax hike proposal.
Instead, people who were hoping Music Hall would be included in the measure sounded off online.
Trying to give tweeps a feel for the buzz here. This is the hallway outside of the room pic.twitter.com/l7iwy9wCgm— Save Our Icons (@SaveOurIcons) August 6, 2014
Trying to give tweeps a feel for the buzz here. This is the hallway outside of the room pic.twitter.com/l7iwy9wCgm
“Hartman says no” is the tweet support group @SaveOurIcons sent to announce the Hamilton County commissioner’s decision; @SaveOurIcons live-tweeted the meeting.
Hartman says no.— Save Our Icons (@SaveOurIcons) August 6, 2014
Hartman says no.
Saving icons with social media
Supported by eye-catching yellow T-shirts, a hashtag and icons denoting the group’s social media accounts, Save Our Icons has a large social media following.
The group's audience consists of more than 3,500 Facebook fans, more than 700 Twitter followers and 590 Instagram followers. But their support goes much further.
Cincinnnati Vice Mayor David Mann did not mince words on his own Facebook Page:
His reaction was more measured on Twitter earlier in the day, joining the chorus of other Save Our Icons supporters:
Really disappointed in today's decision @greghartmann @ChrisMonzel #saveouricons— Taste of Belgium (@tasteofbelgium) August 6, 2014
Really disappointed in today's decision @greghartmann @ChrisMonzel #saveouricons
Disappointed in the decision by the County Commission majority. They were not asked to make a hard choice, just to let voters have a say.— ViceMayor David Mann (@dsmann115) August 6, 2014
Disappointed in the decision by the County Commission majority. They were not asked to make a hard choice, just to let voters have a say.
.@Greghartmann Music Hall deserves better. It’s the soul of the Cinti arts community. OUR Hall has NOT taken its last bow. #saveouricons— Andy Guinigundo (@guiniga) August 6, 2014
.@Greghartmann Music Hall deserves better. It’s the soul of the Cinti arts community. OUR Hall has NOT taken its last bow. #saveouricons
— Andy Guinigundo (@guiniga) August 6, 2014
READ MORE: Social media reaction to today's Hamilton County Commission decision
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