Mayor Jerry Sanders said recently he wants the city to stop funding public art projects. His spokesman, Alex Roth, told me then that city Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone would be compiling a list over a couple of weeks of what projects would be affected and how much money it would save.
It’d had been two weeks so I checked in with Roth.
“We’re essentially at the same place we were a couple weeks ago,” he told me today. Goldstone is going through the projects in the pipeline to figure out what money’s already been spent and what will be spent, Roth said.
The Mayor’s Office is still at least “a few weeks” away from announcing which projects are affected, he said.
I asked why the mayor is even suggesting this cut if it’s so unclear how many projects would be affected and how much money it would save the city. Roth said it’s not too soon to announce the cut, and it won’t be the only cut as the city confronts its money troubles.
“We need to save every penny,” he said. “We’re talking about a $72 million budget deficit.”