Great news about the future of a Performing Arts Centre in Lethbridge! After much deliberation this morning, Finance Committee has unanimously voted to approve the following:
- $375,000 in 2018 for final planning, location selection and financial model (including operating model);
- for City administration to strike a steering committee to begin work on the planning; $6.2 million in 2021 for detailed plans;
- and for City administration to develop a funding strategy (during this 2018-2021 CIP) for the full construction in the next CIP (2022 and beyond).
We are cautiously optimistic as the final approval is not until Tuesday, May 23 during a regular meeting of City Council. We are encouraged by the commitment to the arts City Council had demonstrated this week.
This would not have been possible without the community rallying around this project. It was mentioned several times during the discussions.