Public art

Saskatoon could spend more on public art if city council approves a new policy. (Don Somers/CBC)

Saskatoon city hall is suggesting a new fund to help buy art, but at least one city councillor believes the idea is too pricey and there isn't enough public support.

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“I think there's a place for art in public facilities. But I'm not getting those phone calls. City council doesn't have any money. It's your money,” said Councillor Randy Donauer.

The proposal calls for $100,000 a year to go into a reserve fund to buy art. Under the plan, high profile civic projects would also have to set aside 1 per cent of the budget for public art, up to a maximum of half-a-million dollars.

CBC News also spoke with people in downtown Saskatoon.

Many, including Jackie Cumings, said the city should focus on other priorities right now.

“Well it would make downtown a little more beautiful I guess. I'm not sure. I kind of want to fix the roads first.”

The real debate will come soon. The issue is expected to be on the agenda for the next public meeting of city council.