Funding for Tyler Museum of Art questionable in next city council budget
Tyler city leaders held the first public hearing today for the new $102.4 million budget proposal, described as mostly a “maintenance” document to help weather the tough economic times.
Suggested funding for the next fiscal year excludes an award for the Tyler Museum of Art, which earlier entertained an idea to move downtown, but later reconsidered.
Several museum supporters showed up to ask the city to reconsider awarding the organization $44,500 in funding, but local leaders didn’t immediately agree.
The city wants representation on the board and an opportunity to visit with museum officials about its capital campaign to generate funding for a new building off Lazy Creek across from The University of Texas at Tyler.
Officials said afterward funds could possibly be restored if the museum responds to the requests.
Adoption of the city’s budget could come as early as Sept. 12, officials said.
Updated Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:57 p.m. CDT