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.
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
“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
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:
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
— Andy Guinigundo (@guiniga) August 6, 2014
Connect with WCPO Community Manager Libby Cunningham on Twitter: @WCPOLibby.