Chapter 3.99
MUNICIPAL ARTS FUND

Sections:

3.99.010    Established.

3.99.010 Established.

A. It shall be the policy of the City, unless otherwise prohibited or limited by law, to direct and further the inclusion of art in its public facilities. Such art shall include the visual and performing arts, which may include the production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements or other elements in a manner that enhances the sense of beauty and is of aesthetic value.

B. Municipal construction projects, for the purposes of this chapter, shall include those paid for wholly or in part by the City at a cost to the City exceeding $10,000 for the construction, renovation, or remodel of any public building, park, street, sidewalk, parking, facility, or any portion thereof, within the City limits of Issaquah. This section shall not pertain to capital projects paid for wholly or in part by the City’s Water and Sewer Capital Funds, unless the City Council shall find that the project as installed is accessible to and generally frequented by the general public.

C. All authorizations and/or appropriations for municipal construction projects shall, whenever legally permitted, include an amount equal to a certain percentage of the total estimated project cost, to be used for the selection, acquisition and/or installation of works of art to be placed in, on, or about appropriate City public facilities; or, in the case of performing art, in a facility and venue open to the public. The amount for art shall be calculated using a sliding scale equal to the following:

1. One-half of 1 percent of the total estimated cost up to $5,000,000; plus

2. One-quarter of 1 percent of the total estimated cost exceeding $5,000,000.

D. Other entities participating in the cost of a municipal construction project may be granting agencies, or local improvement district property owners or developers participating in the cost of a project. In the event any law, rule or regulation establishing a source of funds for a particular project prohibits, limits or excludes art and art works as a proper expenditure on the part of these entities, then the amount of funds from such source shall be excluded in computing the percentage amount of the “total estimated project cost.”

E. All funds authorized and/or appropriated pursuant to this section shall be maintained in the City of Issaquah Municipal Arts Fund, which is hereby created. The City Council, at its discretion and upon the recommendation and advice of the Commission, shall determine from time to time, the amount to be allocated for the selection, acquisition and/or installation of individual works of art or the art may be placed within, on, or about other public facilities; or, in the case of performing art, in a facility and venue open to the public. All such expenditures for art shall be approved by the City Council, except as otherwise provided for in this chapter.

F. Funds authorized and/or appropriated pursuant to this section for a municipal construction project (but not expended on any such project) shall be retained in the “Municipal Arts Fund.” If, for any reason, any transfer to such fund shall be contrary to law or prohibited by any rule or regulation governing such funds, then any such unspent or residual sum authorized and/or appropriated as a part of a construction project shall be expended for the arts or reimbursed to the funding source(s).

G. The City’s portion of the amount for art shall be placed in the Municipal Arts Fund as part of the City’s annual budgeting of capital projects, or as otherwise determined by the Council.

H. The Mayor, based upon the advice and recommendation of the Arts Commission, may expend annually from the Municipal Arts Fund an amount up to the beginning fund balance, but not exceeding $1,000, for performing works of art. Any such funds not expended shall not accumulate from year to year. (Ord. 1830 §§ 1 – 4, 1989; Ord. 1772 § 1, 1987).