Voters approve Union Terminal sales tax

Nov 4, 2014

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It was a big night for Issue 8 supporters as Hamilton County voters agreed to a five-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

The tally in the unofficial vote on Tuesday evening was 143,130, or 61 percent, voting for the levy and 89,972, or 39 percent, against.

Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald says, "It's thrilling because Hamilton County voters have really validated what we've always believed, this is a special building for a special community and we will restore this building and it's going to be a legacy of this generation for the future of our community."

McDonald and others also reiterated what they've said all along about Music Hall... that they'll stand by that building and its supporters as they work to find money for repairs there.

The tax is expected to generate $170 million. That will be combined with tax credits, donations and grants to fund the more than $200 million renovation. Work now begins on drawing up the public private partnership that will be used to complete the project.