The group campaigning for a quarter-cent sales tax for the arts, education and parks and greenways in Mecklenburg County has raised nearly $830,000, according to a campaign finance report released Tuesday.
Backers of a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase for the arts are pinning their hopes on a May poll that showed Mecklenburg voters support the tax hike – so long as an advertising campaign tells them what it’s for. (The ballot language won’t give any details about the tax.)
Mecklenburg County voters will have the final say in November on raising the county sales tax, potentially gifting an annual $22.5 million in revenue to the Arts and Science Council. As voters consider if they're a yae or nay, we ask ASC Board Chair Valecia McDowell to detail how the organization might use the money, and how voters can be assured it will be spent wisely.