With plaster falling and bricks bulging, Museum Center board members argued their case to Hamilton County Commissioners Monday to levy 150 million dollars in bonds for building repairs. The measure, if approved, would be placed on the November ballot for voters to weigh in on.
"It is something that we must do because the building is slowly but surely deteriorating and it's something that cannot wait," argued Board Chairman Otto Budig. "We have the ideal opportunity. We have an opportunity for some 1200 jobs, we have an opportunity for financing at a reasonable low rate and the amount of money we need will never be less than it is today."
"If we don't do something substantial and soon I think the long term viability of the building will be in jeopardy," former Board Chair Keith Harrison added.
On the other side of the issue, however, is the argument that while the cost to fix the historic landmark is lower, it may still be too high to justify.