A record 257 arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County will share nearly $12-million-worth of funding from a cigarette tax this coming year. Who gets what was announced in a public meeting last night. But not everybody is celebrating. Those tax revenues are on a steady downward trend.
The Cleveland Orchestra is getting about a 26 percent cut in funding due to dwindling cigarette sales. Speaking for the Musical Arts Association which governs the Orchestra, David Hooker said the cut took his organization by surprise.