Task force wants taxes raised to renovate Union Terminal, Music Hall

CINCINNATI – A local task force is hoping to raise Hamilton County taxes to support renovations at Union Terminal and Music Hall.

The group, called the Cultural Facilities Task Force, said Tuesday they hope to raise the county's 6.75 percent sales tax by .25 percent.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently added the two Cincinnati icons to its list of 11 endangered historic places.

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So far, supporters have raised about $35 million for renovations, but say it’s going to take about $300 million for the necessary repairs.

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At an event at Music Hall Tuesday, representatives of the National Trust, Cincinnati Museum Center, Music Hall Revitalization Company and Cultural Facilities Task Force made remarks on the importance of the renovations.

Organizers also showed the site’s preservation needs.

The public is invited to take the big stage at Memorial Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to share memories of the cultural icons.

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The National Trust – a privately funded nonprofit that works to save the nation’s historic places – will capture the moments on video.

The organization said it has been using its list of endangered sites since 1988 to raise awareness about the dangers facing some of America’s greatest historical treasures.

For more information on the drive to preserve Music Hall and Union Terminal, click here.

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