Hi all,


I am also very interested in responses to this question and what you come up for as a process for Reno, Megan! At the City of Mercer Island, our 1% program is funded by qualifying capital improvement projects, which our ordinance defines as:


Projects funded wholly or in part by the city to construct or remodel any public project including buildings, decorative or commemorative structures, parks, or any portion thereof; and projects involving the construction, renovation, or repair of public streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities.  


The language seems somewhat clear to me, although there is often question about the definition of “repair” vs. routine maintenance of facilities. When I have asked for clarification about the process over the past year and a half, the most definitive answer I receive from our finance director is that “project managers just know when to transfer over.” So, like Megan, in 2020 I hope to create an actual process and accountability to ensure that dollars are appropriately transferred going forward.


Thanks for getting the conversation started, Megan! I look forward to others’ input.





Sarah Bluvas, MBA
Arts & Culture Coordinator
City of Mercer Island - Parks and Recreation 
206.275.7864 | mercergov.org/parks

Connect with arts & culture: Mercer Island Arts Council

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From: public_art_network@americansforthearts.simplelists.com <public_art_network@americansforthearts.simplelists.com> On Behalf Of Megan Berner
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:13 PM
To: public_art_network@americansforthearts.simplelists.com
Subject: Enforcement of percent for art ordinance


Hi all,


We have a 2% for Public Art Ordinance at the City of Reno for all city capital improvement projects. However, when the ordinance was created, there weren't really any procedures put in place to ensure that those projects were allocating those funds appropriately. Our ordinance is somewhat unclear on which costs are eligible and which aren't. Also, unclear on where the allocation gets enforced--there is some language in the ordinance that the CIP Review Committee will put together a report at the start of the fiscal year with the budgets for all CIP projects and calculate that 2% but whether that happens or not is unclear (in other words, our department and commission does not see that report or those numbers).


I'm wondering if any cities with percent for art programs can share any procedures they have in place for ensuring those funds do get allocated. (For example, if that happens in a budget form where the costs of the project are broken down explaining which costs are eligible and which aren't and showing the 2% for each CIP.) We are looking to implement some sort of checks to make sure that the 2% is allocated properly for each project. 


Another question: If you have a % for art ordinance, where is the funding taken from? Is it CIP or something like a hotel or tourism tax?

Thank you all for your help with this!


Megan Berner

Public Art Program Coordinator

City of Reno

Arts, Culture, & Events

Office of the City Manager

McKinley Arts & Culture Center

925 Riverside Drive

Reno, NV  89503
w. 775.326.6333




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