It Is Not a Tax Increase
A renewal of the Arts & Culture levy, Issue 8, will appear on the November 3rd ballot in Cuyahoga County. If approved, this issue won’t increase taxes or prices. It will simply continue the same level of support for Arts & Culture organizations and initiatives for another 10 years.
Approval will ensure continued funding for BAYarts, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Youth Challenge, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, Thursday at Rocky River Seniors, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble, One World Shop, Stage in River, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and Westlake Chinese School.
The issue has already received endorsements from more than 200 elected officials, public bodies, and organizations including Ohio Senator Tom Patton, Ohio Senator Michael Skindell, Ohio Representative Nickie Antonio, Cuyahoga County Councilmember Dave Greenspan, Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland, Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst, Bay Village City Councilmember-at-Large Dwight Clark, Rocky River City Councilmember-at-Large David Furry and BAYarts, The Plain Dealer and Crain’s Cleveland Business.
“Without this injection of grants made possible from the tax, our communities would not enjoy the thriving organizations we have that residents in our communities and beyond have come to enjoy. A vibrant arts community reinforces our region by attracting tourists, residents and businesses and is an unequivocal source of pride for all of us.” says Mayor Sutherland.
In 2013 alone, organizations receiving public funds provided 1.4 million experiences for children including 21,411 classes and workshops, 18,881 field trips and 678 internships and apprenticeships. Thousands of adults have benefited from classes and workshops from funds made possible through the levy.
Funds raised by the levy are distributed by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), the public agency charged with overseeing the competitive grant process. Since 2007, CAC has awarded more than 1,200 grants to more than 300 organizations in the sum of $125 million to support both artists and organizations of all sizes. Their impact is felt in every corner of Cuyahoga County, including communities in our own backyard. Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake have received more than $930,000 in general operating and program support
“The benefit that our arts and culture sector creates for our children is immense and irreplaceable,” said Barbara Robinson, campaign co-chair and former chair of the Ohio Arts Council. “This is a small tax that has generated huge, wide-ranging benefits for all the residents of Cuyahoga County. With the support of voters on November 3, those benefits will continue for years to come.