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Monday, April 1, 2013

Watauga County Arts Council

It was not quite a year ago that the Town of Boone and the Watauga County Arts Council parted ways over
their differing views of the Jones' house useage. . At that time, Mike Wise, president of the Watauga County Arts Council, was quoted in the Mountain Times as saying ".... the terms of the contract allowed the town too much control over arts council activities”

 Wise said. “The arts council really needed to maintain its independence.”

Now, according to today's article by Kellen Moore in the Watauga Democrat , this same arts council wants Watauga County to lease them a $600,000.00 + property for $1.00 a year.

This would be in addition to the substantial funding that Watauga County taxpayers are already giving to the council.

There is no shortage of good causes which taxpayers are asked to support.....But, at what point should these non profits become self supporting? Can supporters of the arts fund their proposals through private donations, etc. without always having to have support from taxpayers.....many of whom are not in position to fund every good cause that needs help? Should a non profit which has been operating for over 30 years, be - at some point- self sufficient?

We agree with Mr Wise when he said  “The arts council really (needs) to maintain its independence."


guy faulkes said...

You make an excellent point, NewGuy.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like the Arts Council got the better end of the deal they made with the County today. So much for independence.

NewGuy said...

Thanks, Guy.
Unfortunately the Watauga County Board of Commissioners didn't see it that way. Not only are they marching in step toward what amounts to a complete giveaway of county property - but, they are also discussing spending additional taxpayer dollars to provide lawn service and snow removal for the building!

I believe in supporting the arts! But, I believe it should be done by patronizing local artists and galleries! Or, if one wants to write a check to the non profit Arts Council, then by all means they should do so using their OWN CHECKING ACCOUNT!

I'm very disappointed that our county commission thinks it's their role to decide how to donate my money!

To give credit - BOC Chairman Nathan Miller in the past has consistently been a good steward of the taxpayer dollar! I was surprised when he went along with this!

Looks like Watauga's days of austerity are over!

guy faulkes said...

Maybe Rico is more astute than we are, NewGuy.

I am a firm believer that while it is perfectly acceptable for the county to help something like this get stared, after a few years it should be self supporting. The Arts Council should be doing so by now.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Greene and Williamson are on the same side on that $1.7 mil for a new industrial park too. Whatever that means. It looks like things are going to get really interesting.

NewGuy said...

Not sure where she stands on this particular issue, Guy...But chances are she is as "astute" as you say! I expect that she is like a lot of us in that she probably thinks that politicians should support their causes with their own money!

NewGuy said...

No surprise there, anon 12:31. There interests are the same - they both seem to want to denigrate local Republicans!