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Group seeks law change to implement cigarette tax to fund Valley arts

Published: Sun, July 6, 2014 @ 7:05 p.m.

Power of the Arts plans a public town hall Friday

Staff report


Power of the Arts, a community arts and culture organization, will host a town hall at 3 p.m. Friday in Bliss Recital Hall on the first floor of Bliss Hall at Youngstown State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Power of the Arts is actively pursuing changing the Ohio Revised Code to allow counties with populations under 1.2 million to fund arts and cultural districts with a cigarette tax. Now, only Cuyahoga County is eligible. The group’s goal would be to create a sustainable funding source for arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.

Also at the session, attendees will hear the findings of a survey of arts and culture organizations and artists and will get an update about the Power of the Arts efforts in Columbus.

The meeting will also give attendees an opportunity to meet other representatives from arts and culture organizations who are committed to the power of the arts in the Mahoning Valley.

Planning for future arts initiatives will also begin where those in attendance can voice their opinions regarding the direction of the Power of the Arts and how it can help propel the arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.


1nunyame(2 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Here's a thought. Lets tax all things art to fund arts and cultural districts. Tax the art, tax the artist, tax the supplies, lax the patrons, tax the dealers, tax, the galleries, etc., etc.

Sin taxes, particularly tobacco tax, are not sustainable. Prices go up, people quit smoking or purchase on the black market, taxes revenue declines, no more money for the arts...

Additionally, the tax should benefit those who are being taxed. Generally speaking, most smokers couldn't care less about art and cultural districts. Generally, the arts and cultural districts are patronized by the upper middle class to wealthy. Therefore, tax those who will directly benefit from this publicly funded entity.

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2DSquared(1778 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Good call nunyame. Let's tax the arts to lower cigarette prices. I bet you'd get a lot more people to vote for that!

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3topper11(706 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Lets Tax stupid !!!! I know two who will pay a lot . Read above

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4rickking123(330 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Not sure why it's stupid to actually tax the people who frequent the arts. Shouldn't they be the ones who help fund the arts.

Instead the mentality of some is to have others pay their way by imposing even higher sin taxes on others.

As someone once said: "You will always have the support of Paul to rob Peter to pay Paul."

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5topper11(706 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you for proving my point
You just can not fix Stupid so lets tax it .

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6Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

So they want to tax other people to entertain themselves.

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7rickking123(330 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Obviously topper11 your "stupid tax" burden is quite onerous. But that's a tax burden you'll have to pay yourself.

If you think your point was proven guess again.

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8tnmartin(518 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

another case of "I want something that I like, but I demand that other people pay for it. If they don't want to pay for my preferences, then they're evil and stupid and awful and we should just take it". A two-year-old's tantrum in other words.
I've got very little issue with funding the arts or anything else. Pass the hat around those of like mind, hold a fundraiser, sell "arty" t-shirts. Whatever. The word is voluntary.

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