Chip Dawson Candidate for Jordan School District Board, District 5

 Chip Dawson 

Candidate for Jordan School District Board, District 5

chipdawsonjsd@gmail.com

www.chipdawson.com

 801.254.4223

South Jordan 

Salt Lake County 

Republican 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

The arts and humanities can elevate and lift humanity as few things can. While I appreciate the emphasis on STEM in education, I believe that arts and music can be added into the mix to make STEAM.

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending 

 

Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?

 

Yes

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

 

Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

 

Unsure

 

Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art? 

 

Yes

Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art? 

 

Unsure

 

 

If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?

 

No

Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

This proposal is problematic. Working for a city for the past decade, I know how vital property taxes are. Cultural non-profits, as vital as they are, still need water, sewer, public safety and other services. I think a reduced rate might be more appropriate as a starting point. The other concern is that then residents could potentially start bogus 501(c)(3) for the arts in their homes and forgo property taxes.

 

Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?

 

Yes

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

I think this is more than appropriate, especially in areas where arts and cultural activities are tourism drivers.

 

Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).

 

Again, working for a city for a decade, I have mixed feelings about these historical districts. Unfortunately, I do not feel that every old house or block deserves protection from progress.

 

 

Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).

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