Voters give resounding Yes to support arts and culture in Denver metro area

Passage of measure continues successful Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for 12 more years

(Denver, Nov. 8, 2016) – Voters in the seven-county Denver metro area overwhelmingly approved continuing the SCFD, a critical source of funding for hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

For the fourth time in its nearly 30 year history, voters registered their support of the district which provides funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. The successful district collects one penny on every $10 in sales tax paid. In 2015, the district provided $54 million for a broad array of organizations and events.

“SCFD is the bright ray of sunshine voters could agree on,” said Dan Hopkins, chair of the SCFD Board of Directors. “Each time voters have had the chance to register their opinion on the district, we have received a resounding vote of confidence and an acknowledgement that residents recognize the value created by SCFD.”

Voters approved formation of the district in 1988 and voted by large margins to renew it in 1994 and 2004.  The renewal approved by voters today extends the life of the SCFD by an additional 12 years beginning in 2018.

“This vote once again affirms the popularity of, and strong voter support for, arts and culture,” said Jim Harrington, chair of the Citizens for Arts to Zoo, the campaign formed to support renewal of the SCFD. “This result speaks to what this district means in their lives and to our region.”

The organizations funded by the district contribute more than $1.8 billion to the regional economy and employ more than 10,000 people. About 14 million people, including 4 million children, attend SCFD funded programs each year – many for free or reduced rates.

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