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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Goodall supports zoo levy

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is adding perhaps the biggest name yet to the list of supporters of its March 4 tax levy. World renowned primatologist Jane Goodall supports the zoo levy, according to the campaign.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share with the leaders and residents of Hamilton County how respected and admired the Cincinnati Zoo is throughout the world,” said Goodall in a statement. “Your wonderful Zoo is a world-leader in conservation. I am quite certain that countless wonderful experiences and lifelong memories are created at your Zoo for the many children and families who visit. I am proud to be associated with the Cincinnati Zoo.”

The zoo is seeking a 0.46-mill renewal levy to pay for animal care and maintenance of buildings.
It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.44 a year, $1.78 more than they pay he pays now.

Cincinnati Pops Maestro Erich Kunzel, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson and Cincinnati wildlife artist John Ruthven have also endorsed the levy.


at 8:36 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for it by absentee ballot, but I must admit I really don't care. I figured it should be ok and didn't seem too excessive.

at 9:27 PM, February 14, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

This is supposed to persuade me to approve a tax increase?

Goodall has no connection at all to Cincinnati. Ruthven lives in Georgetown, OH. Kunzel lives primarily in Maine and Florida, but has a downtown flat here that's tax abated until 2014. The only one who's paying any taxes here is "The Big O", and he can probably better afford it than the rest of us.

Years ago the zoo asked the taxpayers for a couple of sewers and a parking lot. It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. They had been privately funded for over 100 years and wanted to remain so. Cincinnatians are pretty generous, so we agreed to help out. Now they keep coming back for more and more.

Reminds me of a ne'er-do-well relative who moves in and won't leave. I've just grown weary of it.

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at 10:50 AM, February 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mark Miller"

Oh come on! Goodall and Ruthven are world-famous naturalists. They know about and appreciate the Zoo's conservation and education mission. A million people visit per year. The impact on our economy has to be huge.

If you're home is worth about $100,000, this will cost you less than $10 bucks a year. Think about that the next time you buy one lunch at McDonalds or Skyline or LaRosa's.

at 1:30 PM, February 15, 2008 Blogger dpeters11 said...

I logged into the Hamilton County Auditor's site, and found that on my home, which is worth more than $100,000, this will increase my annual property tax by $2.56. I honestly can't see that making a difference to anyone's life, or anyone who can't afford that kind of money each year. Compare that to the school levy, which the site says will cost me $300 a year more.

at 3:29 PM, February 15, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

I have a family membership to the Zoo, so I also know about and appreciate, AND SUPPORT the Zoo's good work.

Goodall and Ruthven have an altruistic interest in all zoos, but no stake in our particular community. Robertson, at least, will be paying the tax he's advocating. I put more credence in someone like that who puts his mouth where his money will be.

Just like housing a deadbeat relative, the cost by itself isn't such a big deal. What's most irksome is watching someone who could and should fly on their own grow increasingly dependent upon sponging off others.

I see the same troubling trend at the Zoo. Isn't it interesting that for over 100 years they had no public subsidy? They earned and built their greatness by dazzling donors and captivating customers with the wonders of nature. What will they be like 100 years from now?

Unfortunately, when organizations get their pile of money whether they're competitive or not, many degenerate into bland mediocrity. I can't think of a worse fate for such a world-class institution.

at 3:37 PM, February 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess you will support animals but not children?

at 8:50 PM, February 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animal conservation or animal jail?

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