Councilman Jungus Jordan used Tuesday's presentation on city funding of the arts to renew his line of questions on public art -the 2 percent of money the City Council has set aside in recent bond elections for public art projects.
During the presentation by arts task force chair Robert Benda, Jordan, who has questioned whether the 2 percent is too much and is interested in having voters weigh in on the issue separately, asked Benda whether his task force had looked into the public art money.
"It was addressed to the extent that we looked into whether we could get our hands on it," Benda said.
City staff had told the task force the public art money must be spent on capital projects, and could not be used for arts grants, the focus of the task force's study.
"It shouldn't be discretionary," responded Jordan, who has criticized the public art allocation because it's not tied to specific projects approved by voters.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter