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.
For 31 years, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has been staging award-winning contemporary shows for adults. But this week, the local theatre company sent a dire email to patrons saying their cash reserves have run out, and they "may not be able to continue."
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.
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.