Cultural groups pressing for money from possible sales tax increase

Officials from theaters, museums and other cultural institutions have renewed their press to get a cut of the possible $2.6 billion that would be raised over 10 years from an increase in Palm Beach County’s sales tax.

Pro-sales tax emails are again popping in the in boxes of Palm County commissioners, who, along with the county School Board members, are considering a one cent on the dollar increase in the sales tax to raise money for school equipment and upgrades to roads, bridges and buildings. A sales tax increase would have to be approved by voters through a referendum.

Arts and culture groups argue that directing some of the money to their organizations would allow them to grow and enhance the quality of life in the area.

The Palm Beach County League of Cities is considering the newest proposal today, which has the backing of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Rick Asnani, who has overseen several successful ballot initiatives over the past dozen years.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more on this topic.

Cultural Council President Rena Blades

Cultural Council President Rena Blades