published Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Council votes not to rescind art funds

by Cliff Hightower
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City Council Meeting

The Chattanooga City Council decided Tuesday not to turn back time on money for public art and instead keep its funding intact.

The council voted 7-1 Tuesday night not to rescind receiving $40,000 in grant money from the Lyndhurst and Benwood foundations for the city's public art program.

Councilman Jack Benson first brought up rescinding last week's vote.

"You may say this is a drop in the bucket," Benson said. "But that fills up a bucket."

The city is expected to match $20,000 of the $40,000. Benson, who voted against rescinding last week's vote, brought up time and time again that he thought the item needed to be discussed in next fiscal year's agenda.

He voted against rescinding the vote after hearing that the council discussed the matter in this year's capital budget and the money had been allocated in that budget.


The City Council voted 7-2 last week to accept a $40,000 grant from the Lyndhurst and Benwood foundations for public art. The city is expected to match the money with $20,000 from the 2010-11 fiscal year capital budget.

Councilman AndraƩ McGary also made a point to Benson that more than $60,000 had been allocated to Heritage House, which is in Benson's district. McGary said Heritage House and public art could both be seen as extravagant expenditures by some.

"I can't see how you can separate those," McGary said.

Councilman Peter Murphy also said that the $20,000 was only a small percentage of the budget.

"This is a very, very small investment for the intangibles," Murphy said.

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Allison12 said...

Someone please drug test the City Council members who credit art as a major contributor to VW presence. VW selected Chattanooga for the $212,000 in local bond issues and legal factors that govern employment law and taxes. What a dream world these folks live in, they obviously do not understand what drives the corporate, and it is always the bottom line. Art caused VW to be here, Ba haha
I have no obligation to pay taxes to prop up artists or art in general. It is a ridiculous notion that any government can levy taxes to fund an art collection. Understand, that our current city council, as a majority, does believe that taxing for art is appropriate. Only in Disney Land.

February 23, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
Allison12 said...

mean $212,000 million

February 23, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

They take away police officers cars and give 20,000 to art.this dont make sense..There's already a naked statue in front of Market Street Bridge..I guess they call that Chattanooga Council members will vote to take away the people safety by taking away take home police cars and they will give 20,000 dollars so more naked statues can be built...ugh

February 23, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
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