We Have no Money, and You Want to Buy What?? Part 2

In 1999, Houston City Council passed an ordinance to use 1.75% of the city’s new construction budget for art.  I like art as much as the next person, but Houston has no money!!  Why is art funding getting lumped into new construction funding?  Also, if they have no idea how much of the budget really is for construction, how do they know how much 1.75% actually is?

The Houston Arts Alliance used some of this money to buy a $360,000 sculpture to be placed outside the parks and recreation department’s headquarters.  I wonder how many people will even see this.  The sculpture is called “Standing Vase with Five Flowers”.  Maybe they should have gone to Garden Ridge and bought an actual vase and five flowers.  They would have saved some money.

Thank you to Council Member Al Hoang who wants to change this ordinance.  If they had a better grasp of the budget, this wouldn’t happen in the future.  Come on City Council!  Really???

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One Response to We Have no Money, and You Want to Buy What?? Part 2

  1. Rorschach says:

    Yes, Al Hoang wants to change the ordinance, but only from 1.75% to 1%. Like 3/4% is REALLY going to help that much when, as you say:

    A: WE HAVE NO MONEY!
    and
    B: WE DON”T KNOW WHAT THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IS ANYWAY!
    and
    C: WE STILL DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY!

    I have a better idea, let’s just zero that line item out and repeal the ordinance.

    360K here and 500K there and pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.

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