#SpeakForUs: 'Save Our Icons' supporters voice dismay at Hamilton Co. vote using social media

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.

“Hartman says no” is the tweet support group @SaveOurIcons sent to announce the Hamilton County commissioner’s decision; @SaveOurIcons live-tweeted the meeting.

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:

READ MORE: Social media reaction to today's Hamilton County Commission decision

Connect with WCPO Community Manager Libby Cunningham on Twitter: @WCPOLibby

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