Cincinnati—On Election Day 2014, the voters of Hamilton County, Ohio, which includes the city of Cincinnati, overwhelmingly passed Issue 8. The measure will increase the county’s sales tax by one-quarter of one percent over the next five years. The funding—estimated at $170 million—will be dedicated to the rehabilitation of Union Terminal, often considered one of the greatest Art Deco structures in the United States. Since 1990, following a previous renovation, the building has housed the Cincinnati Museum Center, a collection of educational and cultural institutions. It also contains an Amtrak waiting room for passengers using the tri-weekly Cardinal (New York-Cincinnati-Chicago).
The terminal, completed in 1933, will undergo a comprehensive rehabilitation. Work will ensure the exterior is watertight and will also include updates to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.