Bob Inzer, Board President
the Board Directors for The Florida Center, Lee Hinkle, made a
presentation to the Sales Tax Committee at their first Public Hearing
on April 26th. The Public Hearing was the first opportunity
for community groups to present projects for Committee consideration,
as they develop criteria and recommendations concerning the proposed
one-cent sales tax extension. It was our chance to present
the new design for The Florida Center which calls for decreasing
construction and operating costs while still building a facility that
meets our community’s most pressing needs. The Florida Center
Board of Directors approved the new design, recommended by Theatre
Projects Consultants, and presented it to the City and County
Commissions in October 2011. See new plan.
the new plan, it will be necessary to revisit and revise the previously
adopted funding plan and the timing of our private fundraising efforts.
Almost every performing arts center in the United States has been built
with a combination of public and private funds. To suggest that this
facility can be built with solely private dollars is either a way to
“kill” the project or a way to ignore history and how these facilities
are built and operate.
It is essential that a
portion of The Florida Center’s project costs be included in the sales
tax extension funding priorities. These funds are the only major source
of public financing for the building this facility.
For more information on the Sales Tax Committee, go to: http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Home/LeonCountySalesTaxCommittee
us to be successful in having The Florida Center included in the list
of projects to be funded by the sales tax extension, we need to
demonstrate broad-based community support. There are always more
projects than there are resources. The City and County Commissioners
will be evaluating the list of projects, recommended by the Sales Tax
Committee both in terms of their contribution to the quality of life in
our community and the public support they enjoy. It is essential that
we work to expand our base of supporters and that this support be
visible and vocal. Clearly, those that do not want this facility are
not timid about voicing their opinions. Therefore, for us to be
successful, we must make sure our voices are heard and that our
opinions are counted.
Join the list of supporters
who are in favor of building the Performing Arts Center and funding it
in great part through the sales tax extension.