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2nd public hearing in iconic buildings sales tax proposal

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- Save Our Icons supporters will be at a public hearing Monday at the Hamilton County Administration building in downtown Cincinnati.

It's the second chance for people to weigh in on a sales tax increase proposal to repair Music Hall and Union Terminal.

The buildings are two of the most recognizable in Cincinnati, but the future of the two iconic landmarks could be in jeopardy.

Ultimately, it will come down to the question to tax or not to tax.

One of the possible solutions would be a 0.25 sales tax increase in Hamilton County.

The money would go toward repairing Union Terminal, as well as upgrades to Music Hall.

With Union Terminal, of course home to the Cincinnati Museum Center, there are cracks in the foundation and water leaking in from the roof into the walls resulting in mold. It would take a lot of work and a lot of money to save the building.

Now, it's up to the county commissioners whether the issue will be placed on the November ballot, and there's no denying the importance of that decision.

Jeff Capell of COAST said, "COAST has always supported giving the people the right to vote on major issues. And we support putting a Union Terminal issue on the ballot, once they have a fair and detailed plan. Unfortunately right now, they don't have any of the above."

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann said, "The decision right now is whether we want to close it down at Union Terminal, or whether the public wants to pay to fix it up. We're at that stage, and Music Hall, similarly, another iconic building in need of repairs."

The commissioners will have to make their decision about putting the issue in the hands of the voters by next Wednesday .

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