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San Diego Arts Funding Could Go Up

Aired 10/22/12 on KPBS News.

Arts organizations in San Diego could see their public funding double over the next five years.

In the early 2000s, things were good for local arts organizations. The city of San Diego distributed nearly $11 million in arts funding in 2003.

But through the years, that amount has decreased. Now it stands at just over $7 million.

Today the City Council will consider a plan to get the funding levels back up. That involves allocating a larger portion of hotel room taxes to arts and culture. The five-year blueprint seeks to get funding to about $18 million a year by fiscal year 2017.

The blueprint does not bind the council to any action; it would simply serve as a guideline.

The issue has received support from Mayor Jerry Sanders as well as several council members.

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