Mixed views on Logan City Council over additional funding for opera company

Supporters say the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre company has, for 25 years, had a significant impact on occupancy, restaurant utilization and the economic well being of other businesses in Logan City.

Now, the company has asked the Logan City Council to approve a resolution supporting one-time funding to help make up for a season that brought in less money than in recent years.

The city council will probably vote in two weeks on whether or not to go along with the $150,000 funding request, but members talked about the issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Council chair Holly Daines wasn’t ready to grant the request.

“I hope the opera can get its financial house in order,” Daines said, “and continue to operate, and I do wish them the very, very best.

“But I honestly don’t think the majority of my constituents would approve of the that use of funds where we have so many city projects that need funding.”

Some of the other members, however, were more supportive, including Tom Jensen. He said he would approve the funding request.

“I’ve had comments from people that say they would not like to see this. I actually think that if we did not support this we would be far more criticized than if we did. I think there are businesses, and people, and supporters of people in the arts that would be far more critical if we did not support it.”

The council agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue and an official vote at the next meeting on October 17.

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