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Thursday, May 16, 2013
What is art’s real bottom-line value?
I just got around to reading the article about art in the May 5 Roanoke Times (“The art of economic development”). That $11 million number looks good in print, but does that represent gross receipts of venues, and does it represent money garnered at wrestling matches and concerts at the civic center?
All of it is entertainment. “Arts” aficionados and “artists” take offense at this, but it’s true.
How much revenue is new money to the Roanoke region, and how much is money that is just being moved from one local pocket to another? And how much leaves Roanoke in the pockets of others: promoters, bands and what have you?
For each dollar generated, what is the cost for local services like traffic control?
Some years ago, there was an article in The Times about how much money a football game at Virginia Tech generated, but it left out the cost to Virginia, Blacksburg and surrounding communities.
Of course, all artists have their hands out for money. How much does Roanoke spend for arts venues that bring new money to Roanoke that stays in Roanoke?
It is the new money that brings economic growth, not the money already in the city.
They can have a raise, but not my vote
It is appalling that Roanoke City Council has the audacity even to attempt to vote itself a raise of any amount in these troubling times.
Every current member knew what the pay was for this part-time position before running for election. To suggest they should receive a 28.5 percent raise is insane.
As an educator, I’ve not had a raise in more than four years. In addition, my salary has been cut almost $4,000 annually due to contract decreases and increased deductions for health care and other deductions.
The current pay for council members is already more than many people earn in a year of full-time work. How dare they?
I can tell council members right now — if they vote themselves a raise, they’ll not get my vote next time.
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