Orem Parent, I'm so sad to see that you're one of the one's
who's bought into all the false information that's circulating about
the CARE tax. These are circulated by "anti-tax" groups that will try to
get rid of ANY tax they can. NO money is going to private businesses. That would
be against the law. Only non-profit public charities are eligible. The Center
for Story is only an addition to the library and has mostly been funded by
generous private donations. It's almost completely paid for and NO more
money (with the exception of this Spring's grant) will be given to the
Center for Story. And if you're a parent in Orem, it will be there for you
and your children and offer wonderful programming for FREE. The opponents to
this tax have said that it costs the average Orem household $63 a year. At
1/10th of one percent that means that each household would have to spend
$63,000.00 a year in Orem alone. Since the average income in Orem is $53,000.00
their numbers are impossible. FALSE information.
By the way, I notice most objection to CARE regards the ARTS funding, but people
don't seem bothered by taxes for football programs. Is is that they
don't object to RECREATION funding, or they don't realize that CARE
also supports sports and recreation programs for young people? It's
interesting how public funding for thriving ball teams, golf courses, fields and
stadiums is so widely accepted, but arts programs have to plead and beg
regularly just to exist.CARE won't and can't fund
everything that's going on in Orem for arts and rec. The bulk of that
support come from businesses and individuals who quietly sponsor and donate
generously. CARE just lets more people enjoy opportunities.
I don't understand the idea that only those involved in the arts benefit.
That's like saying only drivers benefit from roads.Yes, CARE
benefits kids. I know them. They are GREAT kids in training programs, building
talents and skills. We ALL benefit from that. With no training, the quality of
the arts declines. Verifiable fact: Arts training improves academics. I want
Orem's kids to graduate, compete, and provide for themselves as adults.
You?Live performance is too costly. For a very few, $80 for a ticket
to professional performance in Salt Lake or $120 for a show in New York is not
unreasonable. For most families in Orem ... it's ludicrous. CARE builds an
affordable arts program HERE for participants and patrons. Without local arts,
"culture" is only attainable by many through electronic media.
**shudder** We CANNOT legitimately complain about the problems of
young people entertaining themselves with crime, alcohol, drugs or pornography
while griping about a one penny tax on a $10 purchase that funds
character-building opportunities. CARE is WAY cheaper than tax-funded rehab and
cleanup.Entertainment and art are not synonymous. Entertainment is a
diversion. The arts get at the core of who we are.
I was for the CARE tax until I saw who was getting the money.Many
PRIVATE businesses are collecting my tax money to run their dance studio, etc.
Just the fact that one penny will go to this ridiculous "Center
for the Story" makes me vote NO! Time for this TAX to die a
Yeah, we should spend sales tax on something that benefits basically only the
attendees of the theaters...yeah...right...
People of the Arts seem to feel that they have a right to force other people to
pay for their entertainment. To this end they fabricate dubious benefits and
associate their cause with other legitimate government functions. They seem to
feel that they legitimize their claim by balancing the tax money for their
privately owned enterprise with public parks. Some might call that
blackmail.The notion that Arts bring money to the community is
probably true. But the rest-of-the-story is that the money in most every case
goes to a business operation many of which have out-of-area owners. In all my 78 years, I don’t have any recollection of the Arts
benefitting anybody except the people of the Arts and other businesses. My opinion is still that art is good for children because it is the main
avenue of communication. Art for adults is entertainment and the individual
should pay his own way.