It’s no secret that Logan Mayor Craig Petersen supports the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre company. On Wednesday, he said he believes it contributes in a big way to the city both culturally and economically.
The Mayor appears to go along with a request from the opera company for $150,000 funding help to get them through what has been a bad year because of fewer donors and other factors.
“I view this as an investment in the cultural and economic future of Logan and Cache Valley,” said Petersen of the $150,000 funding request.
Petersen said he believes the municipal council also supports the opera program.
“The council members have voiced extremely legitimate concerns,” Petersen expressed, “that we need to make sure that our investment proves to be a good investment. I think the city will not simply say, ‘here’s your money, go your merry way.’
“I think there are conditions that we attach. And those conditions will provide us assurance that the opera will continue, and this won’t be a one year investment and the opera disappears.”
Members of the Logan Municipal Council expressed support for the organization at their Tuesday meeting, but decided to wait until their next meeting in October to decide about the money.
“I really applaud the council because they’ve taken a hard look at the books and they are doing their due diligence,” Petersen continued. “So it’s not going to be just ‘here it is.’ It’s going to be ‘we think you need to consider some changes.'”
The mayor noted that some changes have already been made, including opening up the opera company-owned Utah Theatre to the public for various kinds of events.