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More Subsidies for the Arlington Arts Crowd

In the October 2007 issue of our newsletter (requires Adobe), The ACTA Watchdog, we pointed out that in FY 2006, Arlington County spent $3,936 per capita compared to Fairfax County ($3,409), Loudoun ($3,215) or Prince William ($2,860). One reason for the disparities may be the generosity to “the arts” displayed by the five panjandrums on the Arlington County Board.

Item 31 on the Board’s agenda on Saturday, July 19, 2008, was the Manager’s recommendation the Board allocate $279,000 in “financial support of Arlington arts organization and artists as recommended by the Arlington Commission for the Arts.” The money had already been appropriated in the FY 2009 adopted budget.

You may not attend any theatrical shows during the year, and you may not even enjoy theatre. However, the County Board makes sure that Arlington’s arts crowd likes your tax dollars. Most of the recipients of your tax dollars this year received less than $8,000, but the County Board was especially generous with tax subsidies to three arts organizations:

  • Arlington Arts Center -- $20,426
  • Classika-Synetic Theatre -- $50,000
  • Signature Theatre -- $50,000

Whether you are a low-, a middle-, or a high-income taxpayer, you helped subsidize “the arts” in Arlington whenever you eat at McDonald’s or pay property taxes on your Arlington real estate. And you've been helping since the early 1990s when the Board adopted their "Policy for the Support of Arts Organizations and Artists."

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