Council concerned by the financial report of the arts society

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By Erin Dixon | [email protected]

West Jordan City has supported the performing arts since at least 1995, possibly longer, and until 2019 the arts committee was part of the city government.

The two parted ways in hopes of easing the finances of the arts committee.

The committee is now a non-profit organization that receives regular financial support from the city, namely $60,000 per year. City officials request a list of all committee finances each year, and the report submitted this year was criticized at a recent council meeting.

Council member Kayleen Whitelock noted that she was “not happy with their financial report because it really didn’t show a good picture.”

Council member Kelvin Green was also concerned. “If we’re spending money on the West Jordan Cultural Arts Society and it’s not really community art… We put on these shows and these older kids come from West Valley, Sandy. Why are we funding other people to come and do these performances? »

Board member Melissa Worthen expressed concerns about the quality of the report. “I need to be able to defend their budget to citizens. This financial report, I don’t even know how to read it, much less defend it.

The board unanimously agreed that the agreement with the arts committee should be redone. They asked city staff to create a contract that asks for attendees’ zip codes, age of attendees, amount collected from ticket sales, and number of free tickets given to special guests.

Council member Chris McConnehey had his seat on the council before the town and art committee split, he stressed they were still learning the ropes of the new arrangement.

“It’s only in the last few years that they’ve become a private, non-profit organization,” McConnehey said. “These are people who have a very rich experience in theater, they don’t have as much experience with finance or running a nonprofit.”

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