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Atlanta Sales Tax for the Arts

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The 2017 legislative session in Georgia is over. A list of bills now just needs approval from Gov. Nathan Deal to become law. This year, several measures in support of the arts saw votes in the state House and Senate. 

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Here’s which bills passed and which failed when it comes to Georgia’s arts.

Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts: Failed

Ballethnic Dance Company

The City of Atlanta could get a small sales tax to support the arts. For every dollar spent in the city, one-tenth of a penny would go into a fund for music, dance, theater, fine art or other creative endeavors. That money would generate an estimated $15 million a year. City leaders hope to let voters decide the matter in a referendum this November. 

City Lights Host Lois Reitzes discussed the plan with WABE Arts and Culture Reporter (and "All Things Considered Host") Amy Kiley.