Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FY18 Funding for the DC Commision on the Arts and Humanities

So...come FY18, which begins in about 2 years, funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is going to be a little different.

Have you heard of the Arts and Humanities Enterprise Fund? If you're like me, the answer would be no. I came across this while doing work related research on arts related city legislation. When I came across the code, I thought I should take a look at the letter and word of what makes the DC Commission tick, in the eye of the law.

Anyway, I wanted to highlight these:
(a) There is established the Arts and Humanities Enterprise Fund ("Fund") to be operated by the Commission.
(a-2)(2) Notwithstanding § 47‑392.02, beginning in fiscal year 2018 and for each fiscal year thereafter, except as provided by paragraph (4) of this subsection, 1/23rd of the sales-tax revenue reported in the prior fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report shall be deposited in the Fund.
(f) Beginning in fiscal year 2018, the Commission shall be funded entirely from moneys deposited into the Fund.
Definitely check out the rest of the code concerning this Fund at dccode.org, "An open source, searchable, linkable platform for the DC Code by the Open Gov Foundation".

Or check the official code as posted on LexisNexis.com. The only problem with the latter link is that you'll have to search for this particular code, because different sections aren't linkable. Which is why dccode.org was created.

Anyway, would be curious to see what others make of this fund. Is this saying exactly what it seems to be saying? I'd also be curious to see if the next strategic plan would be taking this into account.

It should be noted that while the Fund became effective back in 1998, (a-2) and (f) were among  a number of items introduced in a 2013 ammendment.

Also, stay tuned for future posts regarding grants and public art regarding the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and DC Code.
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