County Accepts Cultural Committee Report, Questions Who Will Pay

By: Mike Springer Email
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By: Mike Springer
June 18, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Commissioners heard the Cultural Review Committee's Interim Report Tuesday. It ended with the County accepting the report and allocating up to $5,000 to be spent on hiring a facilitator for the committee. But not all of the commissioners are on board with the plan.

"Give us the opportunity to finish our work on this and then make the decision on whether it has merit," said a member of the Cultural Plan Review Committee.

Sparks flew between Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor and the Cultural Plan Review Committee over who would pay for the plan.

The plan calls for strengthening cultural and arts programs throughout the County by developing better relationships with schools, local businesses and community partners as well as an improved marketing attack.

Bill Proctor: "I still didn't hear from you. My specific question, 'Who is going to pay for it? Us? It's just a question. Who's gonna pay for it?"

Cultural Committee Member: "Who's going to pay for what? The committee, the plan?"

Proctor: "The plan as it ends up."

Cultural Committee Member: "Okay, we are still suggesting the County and City continue to pay a share of that."

Proctor says he's concerned because of past failures of cultural arts projects-- like the Brogan and Performing Arts Center.

The committee however, assured commissioners taxpayers would shoulder less of the burden. They did suggest possibly using money from the penny sales tax to fund it. Even though there are no specifics on how much the plan would cost.

"We're going to put more responsibility on the people that ask for the grants to show their worth and the people that give their grants to raise more money," said a committee member.

Proctor still wasn't sold. He was the lone commissioner to vote against the allocations of funds and accepting the interim report.

The committee's final report will be presented at the end of the calendar year. An exact date has not been set.

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