Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: A+ (100%)
- Candidate Name: Steve Leifson
- Your Municipality: Spanish Fork
- Elected office for which you are running: Mayor
Question 1: Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?
Question 2: Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that have had an impact on your life?
3b // Optional, explain your experience.
My Mother took us as kids to plays and musicals at BYU. I have a love of the Arts.
Question 3: Do you support public funding for city and county arts councils who then re-grant that money to local arts and humanities organizations?
3b // Optional, explain why or why not.
I am the Mayor and we fund the Arts in our City. It is a big part of our quality life here in Spanish Fork.
Question 4: Do you support Percent for Art programs, which designate 1% of public building costs for public art that are included within that building? Currently, only 8 Utah municipalities have such a program.
4b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Question 5: Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?
5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Question 6: Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Question 7: 32 municipalities have a RAP (recreation, arts, and parks) type tax to help support cultural organizations in their communities. Would you support a RAP type tax such as this in your own municipality? If your municipality already has such a local option sales RAP-type sales tax and you support it, answer yes.
7b // Optional, explain your experience.
We are looking to put that on the ballot next.
Question 8: Municipalities can facilitate partnerships between cultural organizations and the local tourism sector to boost the local economy. Do you support this? Optional, explain why or why not.
8b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Question 9: Municipal governments can create Cultural Districts - with or without tax incentives. Governments sometimes fund these via bed or tourism taxes within the Cultural District boundaries, but it can be done within municipal budgets fairly cheaply. Is this something you would support?
9b // Optional, explain why or why not.