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Arlington County's Budget Woes are Over?

An ARLnow.com news story, posted at WTOP Radio on Thursday, says, "Arlington County’s public art program is seeking a new 'Public Art Project Manager.'"

According to Arlington County's job posting, the salary ranges from almost $49,000 to over $90,000. The minimum requirent is a "Bachelor's degree majoring in an art or a design-related discipline (e.g., Fine Arts, Art History, Arts Administration, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning or Urban Design), plus two years experience in arts administration, public arts or design-related discipline."

The story notes:

"Project managers work under Angela Adams, the public art administrator.

"The position became available after one of the former project managers moved to a different department to take a part-time job, said Jim Byers, marketing director for Arlington Cultural Affairs. Byers could not say who moved from the department because it’s a personnel matter, he said.

"The public art department website currently lists Deirdre Ehlen and Aliza Schiff as project managers."

In addition, the story points out, "Arlington’s public art program recently celebrated its 30th anniversary."

Remember back four months ago when the Arlington County Board proudly crowed that it balanced the FY 2016 budget with no increase in the real estate tax rate? The press release also said the Board fully-funded the schools, funded an internal auditor position, and increased funding for both public safety and economic development. The bottom line, though, was that the the average homeowner would "see their tax and fee burden rise from $7,286 to $7,567 – a four percent increase. That translates to about $23 a month or $281 a year."

Well, if the county can still afford to hire a public arts project manager, perhaps the FY 2016 budget wasn't as fiscally responsible as the County Board would want you to believe.

Growls readers who haven't communicated with the Arlington County Board recently are urged to tell them what you think about the county's decision to spend $100,000 or so to hire a public art project manager. Just click-on the link below:

  • Call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130

And tell them ACTA sent you.


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