Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Another COSI levy?

WSPD News is reporting that the city is considering spending tax dollars to mothball the COSI building ($6,900 per month) ... and that COSI wants to put another levy on the ballot in November.

I guess their defeat last year wasn't enough of a notice that residents in Lucas County just don't have the money to be taxed for a science museum.

The only way they can get on the ballot is if the Board of County Commissioners votes to put their levy on the ballot. Considering all their complaining about how bad county residents have it, I can't imagine that the three commissioners will vote yes ... but this is Lucas County where elected officials never met a tax they didn't like.

Stay tuned...I'm sure it will get much more interesting.


Tim Higgins said...

This could be used as proof that sometimes even you win, you lose.

It also seems to reinforce the concept that, "if at first you don't succeed; try, try again".

As for the position of the County Commisioners, I feel I have a better chance of winning the Lottery than seeing them turn down a levy request.

The A-Hole Lawyer said...

According to some information on Brian's show today, while closed, COSI is continuing their "outreach program." Apparently the politicos believe "outreach" means REACH INTO our pockets.

So much for elected officials being responsive to the desires of their constituents. We voted with our.........well VOTES and wallets and said NO. Guess we are too simple to know what is best for ourselves and Toledo/Lucas County. Ahhhh the arrogance.

The A-Hole.

GraphicGuy said...

I was under the impression that COSI was a private entity. If that is the case, why would tax dollars be used to support a foundering private enterprise IF that business is not a necessary business or does not pump more money into the economy than it takes in?

Maggie Thurber said...

COSI is a non-profit, but it's gotten state money in the past. One of the things they advertised in their last levy was that almost all children's science museums get public funding. When they raised that issue with me when I was a commissioner, I asked why they were resorting to the public tax levy instead of trying to duplicate the success of those that DON'T get tax dollars. Of course, they had no answer for that one...

This may be a trial balloon. Considering their past defeat, I cannot imagine that people are better off now that some might change their minds to vote for a levy.

However, they're probably still getting urged to go forward by some in the community.

Robin said...

If they believe so much that we need COSI, then they should donate their own personal money. COSI should have made more of an effort to get donations from individuals, instead of trying to get tax money.

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