Cuyahoga County residents support arts with tax renewal

Cuyahoga County residents support arts with tax renewal

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County voters said yes to Issue 8 on the ballot Tuesday.

Issue 8 is a renewal of the cent-and-a-half tax on individual cigarettes. That money will support the local arts for another decade.

"We are grateful to voters of Cuyahoga County who supported Issue 8," said Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO and executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. "By voting 'yes' our community has affirmed its support for the dynamic arts and cultural assets that enrich our lives every day."

In 2006, voters decided to provide public support for the arts and culture through the cigarette tax, which adds up to 30 cents per pack. Supporters say proceeds from the levy have renewed, strengthened, and energized key regional assets that can't afford to be cut.

"As a community, we can now focus our attention on the future of arts and culture in Cuyahoga County," said Karen Gahl-Mills. "But today, we'd like to say 'thank you' by inviting and encouraging Cuyahoga County residents to go out and enjoy the hundreds of programs, performances, events, and fun that have been made possible in part by your support."

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