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Prescott considers who gets arts money

PRESCOTT – The City of Prescott's arts and humanities money will go to 10 different events and projects, if the City Council follows the recommendations of the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC).

The city's allocation of about $30,000 will be among the items that the Prescott City Council will consider at its study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez.

For a second year, the city will be looking to PAAHC for advice on how to allocate the money that the city sets aside for arts and humanities. Last year, the council changed its policy to allow for a recommendation from a PAAHC committee.

This year, the city has $20,000 from its current year's budget and $10,000 from the previous year's budget to allocate to the arts.

According to information from PAAHC, the organization received 13 applications for city money this year. A special committee of PAAHC rates each of the requests, based upon creative quality, tourism impact, community benefit, and effective management and budget.

The group is recommending that 10 of the applicants receive a share of the city money.

The recommendations include: $4,500 each for the Phippen Museum Western Art Show and the Arizona Shakespeare Festival; $3,250 each for the Prescott Bluegrass Festival, the M.A.D. Linguist, Faces of Poverty – Telling our Story, and the Hassayampa Institute of Creative Writing; $2,000 for the Artist in Residence Program; $1,560 for Art in the 4th Dimension; $980 for the fifth annual Sunflower Festival; and $650 for Prescott Book Festival.

Attainable Visions, WEB Conference and Sculpture Project all applied for money, but did not receive a recommendation for city aid.

In other action, the council will:

• Conduct a closed-door annual employment evaluation of City Manager Steve Norwood, who recently passed his one-year mark with the city.

After the executive session evaluation, the council will return to public session and consider Norwood's annual salary.

• Consider setting the city's property tax levy for the 2005 fiscal year, which began on July 1.

The action would set the city's primary tax levy for the fiscal year at $1,000,493. The city memo notes that the amount is an increase over last year because of "new construction and not the increased valuation of existing homes."

Based upon that levy, the city's tax rate would be $.2383 per $100 of assessed valuation for primary taxes, and $.3763 for secondary taxes, for a total of $.6146. The amount for individual taxpayers is down slightly from the $.6487 for the previous fiscal year.

• Hear from André Hebert of Pete's Family Restaurant regarding construction issues on Iron Springs Road/Gail Gardner Way.

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