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ASC plea: Advocate for arts and culture in Mecklenburg budget survey

The Arts & Science Council is asking for support in making arts and culture a priority in the county budget. Photo| ASC

Feb. 23. Supporters of arts and culture are needed to lend their voices as Mecklenburg County seeks public input from residents to develop its Fiscal Year 2023-2024 budget.

The Resident Budget Priority Survey is one way that residents can let county leaders know what’s important to them when it comes to services and programs funded by their tax dollars.

Arts & Culture is not among the services listed in the survey. However, arts and culture are important tools to help address community needs that align with the county’s priorities of education, reducing racial disparities and ensuring geographic equity, according to the ASC.

The Arts & Science Council is asking supporters of the arts and cultural community to take the Mecklenburg County’s budget survey and go the extra step to include Arts & Culture as a service under “Other.”

You will be able to prioritize it to where you see fit and provide feedback on why arts and culture is important.

The survey is open through March 6.

Click here to learn more about the budget process, sign up for an upcoming community budget workshop and explore how public funds can be used through a budget simulator.