An item in the District Weekly's Feb. 4 "In Brief" column reported incorrectly that the Sackler Gallery had received a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant went to the Asia Society of New York for the traveling exhibition "The Chinese Scholar's Studio: Artistic Life in the Late Ming Period," which will be at the Sackler May 2 through June 26. (Published 2/18/88)
2 City Tax Reports Available
The city Department of Finance and Revenue has published two reports on tax revenue for fiscal 1986.
One, Statistics on District of Columbia Income and Sales and Use Tax, summarizes individual income tax data, lists tables of tax statistics and explains available income tax credits and the city's sales and use tax.
The second booklet, Tax Facts, offers concise listings of city tax revenue. It shows, for example, that the city charges $1.50 for each gallon of hard liquor sold, compared with 15 cents per gallon on low-alcohol wine and 45 cents per gallon on champagne and sparkling wine. Enough liquor flowed in 1986 to bring the city nearly $6.8 million.
The city charges 17 cents for every pack of cigarettes sold, compared with 31 cents in Washington state and 2 cents in North Carolina. Cigarette taxes brought the District $9.3 million in revenue in fiscal 1986.
The District's land use revenue was among its highest. Transfers of deeds brought in $20 million, and recording of deeds nearly $25 million. Real estate taxes provided about $437 million, surpassed only by the $445 million collected in individual income tax.
The city's total tax revenue was nearly $1.7 billion.
Another feature of Tax Facts is a table outlining the legislation concerning taxes passed between 1970 and 1987 and an estimate of how much money each law added to or subtracted from city coffers.
Copies of Tax Facts have been sent to city libraries and are available at no cost from the Department of Finance and Revenue, Office of Economic and Tax Policy, Room 4130, Municipal Building, 300 Indiana Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Supplies of Statistics on D.C. Income and Sales and Use Tax are limited. Call 727-6027 for assistance.
$4.5 Granted to Cultural Facilities
The National Endowment for the Humanities has granted $4.5 million to cultural institutions, including four in the District.
The Textile Museum's current exhibit, "Woven from the Heart, Spun from the Soul: Textile Arts of Safavid and Oajar Iran," received $150,000 and will be open through February at the museum, 2320 S St. NW.
The National Museum of Natural History's exhibit, "Caesarea by the Sea, King Herod's Dream: An Adventure in Archeology," received $290,000 plus $10,000, which was matched by the University of Maryland. It will be shown from March 22 to June 19 at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
The Sackler Gallery's exhibit, "The Chinese Scholar's Studio: Artistic Life in the Late Ming Period," received a $200,000 grant, and will be open from May 2 until June 27.
The National Museum of African Art's exhibit, "The Essential Gourd: Art and History in Northeastern Nigeria" received a $78,431 grant, and will be open from May through September. This museum and the Sackler Gallery are at 11th Street and Independence Avenue SW.
Ellington PTSA Meeting Scheduled
The Parent-Teacher-Student Association of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts will hold a meeting at the school Tuesday. A parent-teacher conference will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a PTSA general meeting in the auditorium. For information, call 282-0123.
AIDS Conference Planned
The AIDS ministry of St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church will hold a conference on AIDS from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1409 V St. SE.
Scheduled speakers include Dr. Herb Nickens, director of U.S. Office of Minority Health; Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, D.C. commissioner of public health, and the Rev. George Augustus Stallings Jr., pastor of St. Teresa's and president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Conference.
Topics will include the disproportionate incidence of AIDS among blacks, AIDS education and services, and strategies for effective pastoral care of people with AIDS or an AIDS-related condition.
The public is invited to the free seminar and is asked to bring a bag lunch. For information, call Michael Crea at 678-3709.
Sewing Classes Scheduled
The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of the District of Columbia will hold free sewing and dressmaking classes during the late winter and spring. For times and information, call 727-6880.
Subsidies for AZT Payments
City residents who have AIDS may be eligible for the Department of Human Services' help with payments for the drug AZT. For information, call Valerie Harrison or Ida Baker, 724-5468.