Dear fellow tax hikers, your tax dollars are urgently needed now. A story ran today detailing that our beloved Freedom Center is at the risk of shutdown because they are spending more money than they are receiving. They are projected to realize revenues of $2.5 million/year. However they also expect to spend $4 million/year. Therefore, a Freedom Center Tax Increase is needed now!
We cannot expect The Freedom Center to cut costs. We cannot expect them to increase the quality of their programming to draw more paid visitors. We cannot expect their rich mouthpieces (Oprah Winfrey, John Pepper, etc) to pay for anything themselves with their own money. Nor can we expect them to improve their business practices.
Higher taxes are the only answer! Hamilton County residents had their chance to support the museum through their paid attendance, and for some reason they declined. Because of that we are going to raise taxes. One way or another you will pay.
The Freedom Center is entitled to your tax dollars. If a private museum's expenses are far higher than its revenues, the only way to close the gap is to raise taxes. They cannot be allowed to fail. Just as we had Jean Schmidt's bailouts for Wall Street, we must also have bailouts for museums with failed business models such as The Freedom Center and Museum Center. Raise those taxes now!