Arts Contribution Delayed

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The $50,000 requested by the Mississippi’s Arts and Entertainment Center had been budgeted in September. Monday, Lauderdale County Supervisor Ray Boswell opposed it.

"I cannot support this until they show us what they're doing or what they have done or what their plans are," said Boswell.

Supervisor Jimmie Smith agreed.

"I asked for some kind of financial report from that organization and I haven't got it yet and I thought I was going to have it before this morning," Smith said. "And I would suggest we take this under advisement until we get that report."

But supervisor Eddie Harper warned not to weaken support for the Arts and Entertainment center project.

"I do believe it's a viable project. I do believe there's going to be a lot of money, a lot of private money, come into this and state money and federal money, but we have to show the support from the beginning first," said Harper.

The board then voted to take the matter under advisement until its next meeting in two weeks.

"If our board treasurer hadn't been out of town they would have had it Friday," said Charlotte Tabereaux, the project's fundraising director. "And if they had called me, they could have had it Friday because I could have walked it over. I just didn't get a phone call."

Tabereaux said the organization has raised about $500,000 for what will be a $50 million to $60 million project.

In January the MAEC board will ask the Legislature for funding.

"We'll be asking the legislature for $3 million," said Tabereaux, saying it would be seed money leading up to the groundbreaking in 2005.

She said they expect to receive state funding since the Legislature itself created and approved the project.