UCA Candidate Survey Response 2016: Brian Richards, Kearns Metro Township District 5

 Brian Richards

Candidate for Kearns Metro Township District #5

Brianr5725@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/BrianforKearns5/

801-347-9243

Kearns

Salt Lake County

Independent

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

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

 

Yes to a degree. Encouraging arts in turn encourages: creativeness, intelligence , independence, resourcefulness , self esteem among other things. But it should be deemed public property if bought with any sort of public tax revenue aka any government money. I have more to say but not enough space to write it out.

 

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?

 

 

 

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?

 

 

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):

 

 I feel either everyone pays property tax for any property owned by any person , business , church , entity , etc. Or no one pays property tax , or only pay a property tax once on purchase and no continuous taxes. If we all wanted to be treated equal we must treat each other as equals, no one is exempt from the rules and laws of the land.

 

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

 

Unsure

 

 

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

 

I am unsure exactly what you mean by cultural districts?  When you say cultural I would hope you would include all cultures, I notice certain cultures are not included in culture months in education system, events, among other things. All or none is my standing.

 

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).

 

I agree with the preservation of history in all forms. Architecture , writings, art, ethics, manors, respect, errors. But there must be a happy median or else no new building and advancement can happen.

 

 

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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