We are all continuing to work on getting the proposed 10% cut to OCA contracts restored. We need to keep the pressure on the City Council members so I urge you to send out emails today to the City Council Members. Veletta Lill has worked tirelessly on this effort and here is a copy of the message she sent to the Mayor and Council Members today. Please use this as a guide to formulate your own message. You can go the City’s website and go to the City Council page and there is place where you can email your message.
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This must be done today. Council amendments must be submitted TOMORROW to be considered.
Here is Veletta’s message to use as a guide:
I am writing to you today to request that you please include in your budget amendment the restoration of the 10% reduction in cultural programming. A restoration of $296,169 to be offset (paid for) by the increased forecast revenue from Oncor Electric Franchise Revenue. This request is the highest priority for the arts community.
We recognize that you have a long list of priorities for the additional funds and we are supportive of many of those needs in our larger community. We simply ask that we be included among your top priorities. We have seen large reductions in programming and support over the last 3 years and this restoration, although small, would leverage a great deal of support in other communities.
Finally, as you continue to scour the budget for additional funding I hope that you will keep in mind past commitments to the ATT Performing Arts Center. We are all grateful that the City Manager was able to support the center at the $1.5 million level this year and hope that a long term strategy would include full funding per the agreement of 2005.
We all need to continue our efforts with City Council. Thanks for your help and special thanks to Veletta Lill for everything she does on our behalf.
Joanna St. Angelo
Sammons Center for the Arts