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Just curious

Dear Editor:

I noted an RFP in the papers today for an owners representative to oversee the Wheeler’s expansion project. In light of the current economy, is it wise for the city to spend money for a project like this?

The Wheeler’s funding comes from the real estate transfer tax ” hasn’t that been greatly decreased recently? Isn’t it likely to continue to decrease for some time to come? It was also my understanding that the RETT comes up for renewal in 2014; is it possible that it won’t be renewed? Should that happen, how is the city proposing to fund the Wheeler? Their current fund is quite substantial but if it is not protected, it will run out. The Wheeler is not self-sustaining, the ticket sales do not pay the bills.

I only ask because I used to work for a theater back east that did not spend their money wisely and has just been sold to Jerry Springer! They too believed that the gravy train would just keep running and the funds would never disappear … until the day that they did. Now the nonprofits that shared the space are homeless, the staff is jobless, and the stage that presented amazing theatrical productions is forever dark.

Gail Mason

Aspen Village

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