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Arts community gets a boost in the Calgary budget

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - A plus 15 bridge that connects downtown Calgary together, this one going between the City Municipal Building and Arts Common. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 News)
Summary

Some arts programs in the city are getting a boost in the current budget, while others are not.

The Calgary Arts Development Authority will see its allotment nearly doubled from $6.4-million to $11-million.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Some arts programs in the city are getting a boost in the current budget, while others are not.

A proposed $2.8 million increase for public libraries was nixed during budget deliberations on Wednesday but the Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) will see its allotment nearly doubled from $6.4-million to $11-million.

Councillor Sean Chu voted against the increase for CADA and said now is not the time to give more money to arts programs.

“We just talk about what do you want? What feels good?”

Chu said that money can be better spent elsewhere but a majority of council voted in favour of the increase believing the extra cash will lead to more jobs and bring more visitors to the city.