Snoqualmie may consider ordinance that funds artwork

SNOQUALMIE - The city of Snoqualmie may soon consider an ordinance that would use money from city building projects to fund public works of art.

Although no formal ordinance has been passed or introduced, the Snoqualmie Arts Commission, which began meeting last year, has brought to council discussion the possibility of having 1 percent of the total construction costs of city buildings set aside for public art.

One percent may sound small, but city projects often cost millions of dollars, providing a sizable chunk of money.

Such an ordinance would not be unique in Washington. King County's government was one of the first in the nation to pass an ordinance in 1973, and Washington state passed its own law in 1983. Seattle, Redmond and Bellevue have similar ordinances.

Other than a desire to provide funds for public works of art with building costs, little else has been figured out in Snoqualmie. Council members have brought up questions about which projects would have works of art and the appropriate places to put them.

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