Officials in Indiana's second-largest city have drafted a proposal that would require businesses getting government tax breaks to contribute to a public arts fund.
The ordinance proposed by Fort Wayne's mayor and two city council members would require businesses applying for tax increment financing to contribute an amount equal to 1 percent of that incentive, or up to $100,000.
City Councilmen Tom Freistroffer said integrating public art throughout the city of about 250,000 residents would help "appeal to professionals who want to live in a vibrant and interesting community." He said public art is essential to economic growth.
The proposal would establish a public arts program and a Public Art Commission, the Journal Gazette reported.
The proposal will be introduced Tuesday and discussed March 20.