Local voters get one last chance to revive Toledo science museum
BY ALEX M. PARKER BLADE STAFF WRITER
After failing twice, museum organizers are pulling out all of the stops spending at least $167,200 raised from private donations in a campaign to persuade Lucas County voters to reopen the museum.
Science and technology is the base of our work force. It's where we're going and where our county is going, said Lori Hauser, the museum s director of operations. COSI is around to spark a wonder in science and math and also to get people excited in this field.
Issue 37, the additional five-year, 0.17-mill levy request, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $5.21 a year, according to the county auditor. It would bring in $1.25 million annually for the science center s operations, according to levy advocates.
Local businesses such as Owens Corning, First Solar Inc., Xunlight Corp., and BP PLC s Toledo Refinery all said they would not only help fund the levy campaign but would also assist the museum once it opens with new exhibits.
It s a quality of life issue, not just for Toledo, but for all of Lucas County, Maumee Mayor Tim Wagener said.
COSI officials are sticking to a pledge they made during the last levy campaign in 2007 that, if reopened, the museum would have free admission for children from Lucas County on Saturdays, if they are accompanied by an adult.
The museum opened in 1997 and closed in December, 2007.
If the levy does not pass, Ms. Hauser said it would close permanently and its exhibits would be shipped to other museums.