Friday, June 30, 2017
INSIDER QUESTION: TIME TO CUT BACK KANSAS CITY 1% FOR THE ARTS?!?!
Lost in all the debate over the current Kansas City development agenda is a subsidy that might have outlived its usefulness according to many local insiders.
Here's the sitch:
"The bigger story is the 1% for art slush fund from the $800 million Go Bond issue. This was never discussed. That is $8 million dollars. Think about it: Do we really need art for sidewalks. Do we need art for flood control projects? Let's talk about the new airport and what could potentially cost 1% of $1.2 billion. This has gotten totally out of hand."
Most residents are unaware of Kansas City's 1% for the arts levy and so here's a brief explanation from a KCMO document:
"Kansas City was the first city in Missouri (and one of the first in the nation) to pass a resolution supporting public art in 1970. The program established a set-aside funding stream of one percent of each city building construction project’s budget for the creation of original art, which is usually tied to the building itself.
"With the success of the program, another resolution was passed in 1981 and eventually the program was unanimously codified by the City Council in 1986 with the passage of Ordinance 60321- validating and further affirming the City’s commitment to arts and culture."
And so, with infrastructure needs growing and bigger projects coming up for a vote . . . There's renewed interest in KCMO taxpayers literally financing the 1% with cash intended for infrastructure.
Developing . . .