The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) prepares to celebrate its 34th year of operation. Approved by Denver metro voters by 75 percent in 1988, the tax collection began in 1989. The one-tenth-of-a-cent sales tax (one penny on a $10 purchase) produced $14 million for distribution to 134 organizations. Today, 250 organizations benefit from $75 million, which has climbed steadily since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, except for 2020. Denver metro sales tax revenue grew more than 15 percent in 2021 and so far in 2020.
Although the latest economic development study shows a huge drop in attendance, employment and economic activities of the cultural community in 2020, people are back out and the area’s cultural facilities and programs are welcoming them with an active summer of programming and refreshed facilities. After 2 years, the SCFD is holding a block party on June 22, 2021 to welcome the summer cultural season and recognize its outstanding volunteers and supporters.