Local organizations supporting arts and cultural events in Sturgis could benefit from a so-called “round-up” program being mulled by municipal officials.
Discussed in 2011 and raised again earlier this month, the round-up idea would give Sturgis residents the option of increasing to the nearest dollar their future utility bills. The difference between the bill’s balance and nearest dollar would benefit local arts and culture organizations, identified during discussions at the city commission’s Dec. 19 meeting.
Commissioners voted to consider the possibility of offering the optional program, in which up to 99 cents of a resident’s monthly utility bill could benefit Sturgis Civic Players, Sturgis Wind Symphony and Open Door Gallery.
City officials estimate the fund could generate between $ 4,000 and $10,000 a year, depending on the number of participants.
In 2011, the commission was presented with a proposal by area arts and culture organizations to institute a round-up program in the utilities department. The proposal, however, never came to fruition.