TJ McLelland // Sandy City Council, District 4 // Grade: C

TJ McLelland // Sandy City Council, District 4 // Grade: C

How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?

Answer: The arts have been wonderful in my life. I remember eons ago...maybe not that long, but we used to attend The Nutcracker every year with my Grandma and family. This was such a great experience. I can remember learning certain things there that really stood out for example; sitting up straight to see over someone, keeping my mouth closed and my ears open, holding it until intermission...and above all respect for someones hard work, and we would clap and cheer. I love the arts, it is a great avenue and outlet for some, entertainment for others, and a way to earn a living. Supporting the arts, won't be difficult for me in office.

Would you like to be considered for endorsement by Utah Cultural Alliance?

Answer: N/A

Utah's humanities and arts employ 112,000 Utahns, provide $4 billion in earnings, and $16 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

Answer: Yes

Government investment in arts and humanities organizations at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Strongly support

Government investment in my local arts council at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Strongly support

Cultural Districts (gov't can designate, fund, and create incentives/zoning ordinances to attract creative businesses to a district).

Answer: Strongly support

Low rent housing and studio space for artists.

Answer: Neutral

Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Facilitating partnerships between businesses and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Reducing regulations of creative businesses.

Answer: Strongly support

Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.).

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Support

Reduced fees (land/building use, garbage, utilities, etc) for festivals and special events.

Answer: Neutral

Artistinresident at my city or county.

Answer: N/A

Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities means to me (could be the right $ amount for the local arts council and/or its grants, etc.).

Answer: I was unaware of such a driving force for sales and output. My input now would be to invest in the arts.

7 counties and 33 cities have passed a RAP (recreation, arts, parks) tax. They are:

Counties: Cache (RAPZ); Duchesne (RAP); Salt Lake (ZAP); Summit (RAP); Uintah (RAP); Washington (RAP); Weber (RAMP)

Cities (all are RAPs unless otherwise designated): American Fork, Aurora, Blanding, Bountiful, Brian Head, Cedar City, Cedar Hills, Centerfield, Centerville, Clearfield, Fairview, Farmington, Green River, Gunnison, Helper, Layton, Lindon, Mayfield, Monticello, North Salt Lake, Orem (CARE), Payson, Price, Provo, Redmond, Richfield, Roosevelt, Salina, Syracuse, Spanish Fork, Tooele City (PAR), West Bountiful, Woods Cross.

I am: My city or county has not yet passed a RAP tax

I support the RAP tax.

Answer: Neutral

I make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: Neutral

I will support putting a RAP tax on the ballot to be decided by voters.

Answer: Neutral

I will make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: Neutral

Optional: explain your answers.

Answer: I support the arts in a capital investment way, that would be a great investment in my opinion. I am neutral on supporting low cost housing for artists because I haven't formulated an opinion on the impact. I am neutral on lower fees for festivals and special events, because those seem to place severe wear and tear on facilities. I would be open for discussion on both of those topics. I do apologize for my Neutral responses to the RAP and ZAP, I do not have enough material on either side for opposition or support. I do think that it has done wonders for several groups, just assuming that the Zoo has done well with that. I am curious if there are any pitfalls or short comings with those programs.

My final thoughts on this page, supporting of the arts is crucial to build a cultural society, it proves to be great investment opportunities, and it definitely increases the desirability of a city. Hale Center Theater is the biggest icon for this in my mind currently.

Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1-2% of government capital costs for public art.

Answer: Neutral

I support increasing my percent for art ordinance by .25-.5% to cover maintenance (vandalism, weather, etc.).

Answer: Support

(if applicable) My municipality's redevelopment authority should have a public art ordinance.

Answer: Neutral

Incentives (such as tax breaks) to encourage private developers add public art to projects.

Answer: Neutral

Design standards.

Answer: Opposed

Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation.

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Support

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Public buildings.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Transportation.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Utilities.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Private developments.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-All government capital projects.

Answer: Yes

Anything else you'd like us to know about you?

Answer: N/A

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