UPDATED--Businesses vote to resurrect COSI

Reported by Tim Miller email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Top executives from Owens Corning, BP, First Solar, and Xunlight Corp. have formed a "Businesses for COSI" committee to help resurrect COSI. They voted Tuesday to put a .17 mill levy for the November ballot that, if passed by voters, would generate enough money to allow the doors of COSI to open once again.

COSI has been closed since Jan. 1 after voters rejected the last levy request. The businesses say they will contribute money to help reinvigorate and re-open COSI, a facility they say is needed to spark an interest in science in our youth and stop the flow of students out of Northwest Ohio.

"We're willing to bring that knowledge to Toledo to build exhibits, to help educate our youths on what we think are the issues of the day," said Owens Corning Senior Vice President Steve Krull.

A citizen committee already reviewed the levy and requested it move forward. Lucas County Commissioners vote Tuesday whether to place it on the November ballot.

County commissioners also agreed on Tuesday to put several human resourceslevies on the November ballot. These include the Children Services board, Mental Health and Recovery Services and Mental Retardation and the Developmental Disabilities board.