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Bloomington subsidies for BCPA continue for now

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 07:13:18 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The City subsidy of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts would rise to $1.9 million in the proposed budget. That's an increase of $400,000 in sales tax dollars. City Manager David Hales says the council commitment to the center remains strong...


     "but I do believe the next couple of years will probably be a little more thought on should we be focusing on more profit generating shows in the mix. Knowing that not all shows are going to make a profit, but I think that's going to be the focus."

The center will also make about $100,000 in cuts to balance its budget. Hales says the center has been running a deficit of about a half million dollars a year above the agreed on subsidy, but until now has had reserves built up from its early years.   Hales says the council has not made up its mind whether to take on operation expenses for a proposed creativity center. There has been discussion for years of a private five million dollar capital campaign to renovate a building to house some arts organizations and arts education programs if the city would agree to run it.

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