Source: ideastream

Date: February 15, 2024


A renewal and expansion of Cuyahoga County’s cigarette tax for the arts could appear on this November’s ballot – but its size and scope are still being determined. During its meeting Thursday, the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board discussed the levy campaign with Jeff Rusnak, CEO of political strategy firm R Strategy Group. Last fall, he recommended placing the cigarette tax on this fall’s ballot. Without any action, it would expire in 2027.

CAC receives its funding from the 30-cent-per-pack cigarette tax, and revenues have fallen by half since the tax’s inception in 2007. Board members have sparred at previous meetings over how and when to ask voters to renew and expand the tax. Rusnak recommended that CAC’s role should be educational, with community outreach on how the arts can have a positive impact on education and mental health.