Changes in contract term could endanger arts council
Greg Hudson is reporting in The Daily Mail the Greene County Council on the Arts fears that a six-month funding loss in 2017 could lead to the closure of the arts organization. Council Treasurer Jeff Friedman said the state is requiring organizations statewide to adjust their funding contract schedule from July to June, to the calendar year, January to December, to comply with state procurement law. However, current funding contracts would expire six months before the new January-to-December contract would go into effect, and a six-month funding gap would result. The Greene County Council would have to find a way to sustain itself for six months without the benefit of more than $100,000 in state funds. The council was told in February it has until the end of 2017 to implement the change. Council Executive Director Kay Stamer said the six-month, six-figure funding gap would be catastrophic for the organization. Friedman said services and programs hosted by the council may have to be stopped. The hope is for the Greene County Legislature to help the council by lobbying state lawmakers for funding to bridge the gap. Friedman said there's no plan in development at the state level to help, "...so we’re lobbying elected officials that when next year’s budget negotiations take place, that they put some kind of gap funding proposal in that budget.” Stamer remained optimistic. She said, “Hopefully with help from the Legislature and our colleagues across the state, we can sort this out. I expect us to survive.” NOTE: Wave Farm's WGXC receives funding from the Greene County Council on the Arts. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.