01/22/1990 Meeting (2)
City of Eugene
01/22/1990 Meeting (2)
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<br />~ Bob Schutz, Director of Cultural Services, gave the staff presentation. Mr. <br />Schutz said that the proposal is to allocate $100,000 to the arts in the FY91 <br />budget, $90,000 of which will go to the major local performing arts <br />organizations--the Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene <br />Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ballet, Eugene Opera, and the Eugene Festival of <br />Musical Theatre. The remaining $10,000 is to be added to the Cultural Arts <br />Program. Ms. Bascom emphasized that the committee feels strongly that it <br />should be the responsibility of the Cultural Affairs Commission to administer <br />the disbursal of these funds. <br /> <br />In response to a question from Mr. Holmer, Mr. Schutz said that of the six <br />major local performing arts organizations the Eugene Opera is the only one <br />that is not a resident company. <br /> <br />Responding to Mr. Rutan1s concern that no plan for expenditures is given, Mr. <br />Holmer explained that all of the major performing groups are substantially <br />supported by contributions. Because there is a large degree of variation in <br />the budgets among particular groups, the committee feels that each group <br />needs flexibility in deciding how this money is to be used. <br /> <br />~ <br /> <br />Warren Wong, ASD Director, presented information regarding the Transient Room <br />Tax Fund. Mr. Holmer said that while the Silva Endowment is allocated toward <br />the operating budgets for the major organizations, the Hult Endowment is <br />strictly earmarked for special arts projects that serve to broaden or deepen <br />community perspective. Allocation of Hult Endowment funds is considered on a <br />case-by-case basis; the Hult Endowment is prudent in its allocation of funds. <br />The Silva Endowment is fully bequeathed, whereas the Hult Endowment is a <br />series of assets that is received over time. <br /> <br />Mr. Boles asked staff whether the money generated from an increase in the <br />Patron User Fee (PUF) would be an adequate financial reserve to maintain the <br />Hult Center in "mint" condition. Mr. Gleason cautioned that although this <br />money is adequate for standard maintenance, repair, and replacement needs, it <br />is not adequate capital to account for unexpected problems that may arise. <br /> <br />Jennifer King, Eugene Cultural Affairs Commission President, underscored the <br />important role that City funding plays within the arts in our community. Ms. <br />King pointed out that such funding not only illustrates the effectiveness of <br />our public/private partnership, but that granting agencies look unfavorably <br />at organizations that lack direct public support. Ms. King stressed that <br />Eugene Arts Foundation money is not a substitute for City support. In not <br />offering City support to the arts, the City is imparing its ability to obtain <br />grant money from outside the community. <br /> <br />On behalf of the Eugene Cultural Affairs Commission, Ms. King expressed <br />disappointment with the hospitality industry's reaction to the Transient Room <br />Tax proposal. The commission believes that the impact that a tax increase <br />would have on the price of rooms pales in comparison to the impact that the <br />recent PUF increase had on ticket prices. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br />Dinner/Work Session <br /> <br />January 22, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />
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