The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Section 20-19 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 20-19.Community arts set-aside.
That there is hereby established a community arts set-aside of one percent of the cost of all new building construction projects costing in excess of $5,000 the city's current capitalization level for buildings and structures, funded in whole or in part by city funds for the furtherance of arts projects in the city. Upon the approval of any such project, an amount equal to the set-aside shall be transferred by the city treasurer auditor from the general fund accounting for the building construction project to the municipal arts fund; provided, however, in the event that the project is funded in part by another entity, the city shall make every effort to secure an additional one percent of such entity's contribution to the project for the municipal arts fund; provided further, however, that the city's contribution to the municipal arts fund shall be limited to the set-aside on its share of the project costs.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The municipal arts fund was created in 1986 for the purpose of assisting in funding the fine arts in the city of Duluth. In conjunction with the establishment of the municipal arts fund, there was established a community arts set-aside of one percent of the portion of the cost funded by the city of all new building construction projects costing in excess of $5,000. Upon approval of any project funded in whole or in part by city funds, the ordinance states that the amount of the community arts set-aside is transferred by the city treasurer from the general fund to the municipal arts fund. Because the City’s capitalization threshold changes over time, generic language was substituted for a specific dollar amount; and since the city auditor transfers funds, the auditor’s office recommends correcting the ordinance to state the same. Also, this amendment reflects that the monies are transferred from whatever fund accounts for the building construction project. For example, the DECC project will be paid from the DECC fund.