According to this link, http://www.culture.ohio.gov/docs/2005annual_report.pdf, COSI had received $11.9 million in funds over the years. I wonder how much of this has been paid back to the state’s coffers for use for other citizens. I would think that what has happened to COSI would be an object lesson for Ohio’s legislators.
We have a city that is in trouble. We fight amongst ourselves like cats and dogs. We have no idea where we are going (except perhaps to a political hell). Why would any legislator in his right mind approve funds for a “cultural facility” in Toledo, OH when we don’t support what we have? I hope they take this lesson to heart in the future. As well as being a citizen of Toledo, OH, I am also a citizen of the state of Ohio. I deserve that my tax dollars be well-spent rather than thrown foolishly at a town that has other priorities at this time.
I doubt that much of the money loaned to COSI will be recouped. According to this article in the Toledo Blade, http://www.culture.ohio.gov/docs/2005annual_report.pdf, “exhibits belonging to the state of Ohio likely would be sent to other museums”.
That’s the trouble with museums: if an individual would have wanted it, they would have bought it. Museums are the nation’s “attics”. Stuff everyone wants, but no one wants enough to take up space in their homes. Maybe the state needs to have a big “garage sale” for COSI’s “junk”. As Guestzero said, “For pennies on the dollar”.