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Santa Maria City Council considers funding options for Public Art Master Plan

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The City of Santa Maria is working on a Public Art Master Plan intended to beautify the city.

It would help add murals, statues, and more artwork throughout Santa Maria. 

“That would be used to either commission some public art or purchase some exciting public art and then also install at designated sites within the city," said Mark van de Kemp, Santa Maria city spokesperson. 

The amount of revenue will depend on which of the three options the City Council chooses at its Tuesday meeting. 

The first two options would impose fees on city public works projects and building permits issued by the city.

“It would just affect the people building whatever they are building and not everybody would have to pay that tax," said Gerald Libsack, Santa Maria resident. 

Those fees range from one-quarter of a percent to one-percent.

“In my opinion, getting a building permit is pricey. I went through that process not too long ago and I felt like I spent a lot of money," said Anne Cremarosa, Santa Maria resident. “If you have to spend an extra half a percent contributing to art then that’s half a percent that you can’t spend on the improvement of your property."

With option three, the City Council would appoint a committee to look more into the Public Art Master Plan and bring it back at a later date.

The City Council is expected to pick one of the three options at Tuesday's meeting and there will be a chance for public comment.

All Santa Maria City Council meetings now start at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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