Finding The Silver Lining

Cleveland’s proposed “arts tax” went down to defeat at the polls this week, but arts advocates in the area say that they were encouraged by the level of support the idea received, and are looking into other innovative ways of increasing the level of public support for the city’s cultural scene. “One strategy under consideration is asking Ohio lawmakers to permit counties to increase user fees such as the real-estate conveyance tax on land sales. Another is to persuade lawmakers to allow counties… whose major municipality has a population under 500,000 people to establish countywide arts districts and levy property-tax increases to support them.”