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Imagination Station hopes voters support Issue 26

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Imagination Station is looking for voters' help on Election Day.

"It costs the average $100,000 home about $5.21 a year for this levy and we're just asking for a straight renewal of what we already have going," said Lori Hauser, executive director of Imagination Station.

Issue 26 is a five-year .17 mill property tax levy that will generate upwards of $1.3 million and make up 40 percent of the science center's operating budget.

"That covers everything from traveling exhibitions, exhibits into the facility, and our day-to-day operations, as well as what we call ‘capital investments into new experiences,'" explained Hauser.

A levy passage will maintain exhibits, such as Sesame Street and Bodies Revealed. A levy failure could mean a cut in some attractions.  

Nearly 200,000 people walk through the doors of Imagination Station every year to take part in the hundreds of hands-on exhibits.

Hauser believes passage of the levy will enable the science center to keep its promises to Lucas County residents at the same time giving children and families a quality experience and education.

"It's vital for us to actually be providing our kids with the resources to be competitive. STEM careers are of the future, they are there for engineering, math, any of the sciences, and actually providing a skill for a kid to get excited about it, to actually set them up for success. I think it's key," said Hauser.

The current levy does not expire until 2013 but Issue 26 is on the 2012 ballot for the traditionally large turnout for a presidential election. Revenue if Issue 26 passes, will not be collected until 2014.

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