Arts Sales Tax

The Arts and Science Council has proposed a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the Nov. 5, 2019, election. Revenue from the tax hike would raise about $50 million a year, with $22.5 million (45%) going to the arts, $17 million to parks and recreation, $8 million to education and $2.5 million to arts, culture projects and parks in Mecklenburg County's small towns.

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The Arts and Science Council said Thursday that it will have to continue to cut its operating budget and reduce its operating grants if it doesn’t secure more funding. 

If you want to find a reason why Charlotte-Mecklenburg voters rejected a sales tax increase for the arts, parks and education, you’ve got lots of choices.

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Mecklenburg voters overwhelmingly went against raising the sales tax by a quarter-cent to raise money for arts and cultural programs, as well as parks and education.

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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.

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Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

Should Mecklenburg voters approve a sales tax increase to help shore up funding for the arts and cultural sector? Both sides in the tax debate make their case in a forum at the McGlohon Theater.

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Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio has a buzzword when touting the quarter-cent sales tax: Transparency.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio talked to reporters Wednesday about this week's hacker attack on county servers.
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Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio has recommended the Arts & Science Council be “re-envisioned” if voters approve a quarter-cent sales tax for the arts in November. 

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Former Mecklenburg Commissioner Darrel Williams will chair a new organization created to convince voters to support a quarter-cent sales tax for the arts.

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The Mint Museum's new president has a goal: Make the museum accessible as possible.

"One way to do that is obviously to be free, to not have admission charge," said president Todd Herman.

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As the campaign began in February for a new quarter-cent sales tax for the arts, there was tension as to whether the city’s arts community was in as dire of a situation as some said.

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Mecklenburg Commissioners voted 7-2 Tuesday night to let voters decide in November whether they want to increase the sales tax to pay for the arts, along with parks and greenways.

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Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday discussed increasing the sales tax by a quarter-cent, primarily to fund the arts.

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Mecklenburg Commissioners Tuesday discussed a proposal to increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent to primarily fund the arts.

Arts & Science Council

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Should Mecklenburg County's sales tax be raised to shore up funding for the Arts & Science Council and the local arts sector? That's a question Mecklenburg voters could face this fall. Mike Collins talks with the ASC about its funding challenges and the request for taxpayer help.

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The Arts and Science Council proposed a new quarter-cent sales tax Tuesday that would help fund the arts in Mecklenburg County.