In the interest of full disclosure, here is what I am saying the to council tonight. I don’t want to be 2 faced. Improvement is needed and we have a tough budget ahead.
Please feel free to share this with the council.
I will not support the emergency allocation for $80k for RCT. I will consider an advance of $80k from 2018 funds with a review to be had in early 2018 to see if they are making progress as predicted.
I will also call on the board of the RCT to address leadership issues that continue to foster hostility from many of their most dedicated volunteers and supporters. In early 2018, I will expect an update from RCT, Friends of RCT, and our professional staff on financial and organizational progress at RCT.
The arts are a key part of quality of life in Rochester and I will continue to support them, however I will not support them blindly.