Zoo gets nod from chamber, unions and Jack Hanna
World renowned zoologist Jack Hanna and Cincinnati business and labor organizations are endorsing the March 4 levy for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Hanna is director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and a frequent guest on the David Letterman show.
“The Cincinnati Zoo is a leader in the world in the conservation and breeding of endangered species and this can only be accomplished with the continued support of the voters of Hamilton County,” Hanna said. “The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium share a common purpose … to make the world a better place. I am proud to lend my support to this great institution and encourage the voters of Hamilton County to do the same.” The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 282 (which represents some Zoo employees) also endorsed the levy.
The zoo is seeking a 0.46-mill renewal levy. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.44 a year, $1.78 more than that owner pays now.