Taxpayers paying too much for museums with little to show
April 06, 2014 12:33 AM | 1839 views | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Wednesday’s MDJ carried an interesting article about the funds that Marietta is putting into their several museums, titled: “Museums’ relevancy gone with the wind?” wherein “A Marietta councilman thinks the city may not be getting the return on investment it needs from the tourism tax money it pours into the city’s museums and cultural organizations.”

This puts me in mind of Kennesaw’s expenditures of approximately $1.2 million a year for its Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and additionally the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

The matter was very briefly raised in the last council election but it was a hot button issue and was not taken up for long.

With the complaints about the relatively minor Marietta expenditures, it may be time for the Kennesaw City Council to take up the matter at one of their work sessions.

There is no “correct” or even “good” outcome for such a discussion as it will annoy just about everyone. The most that can be hoped for is that three or four choices might come out of the Council and whichever one is seen as being the lesser of those evils will probably be one put forward to be implemented.

Probably the only thing that can be agreed on is that taxpayers are paying a lot every year for very little to show for the outgo.

There is really no good solution but most would say that something needs to be done and putting this off for another year isn’t the answer.

William Harris


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Ben Twomey
April 07, 2014
Since the funds for these subsidies come from the hotel/motel tax, I am not sure how the local taypayers are getting shafted, as you letter would seem to indicate.

The tax was, I believe, created for this very purpose, to subsidize tourism through museums and thr performing arts.
April 06, 2014
I'm sure the City of Atlanta would be willing to buy your locomotive "General" to display alongside the "Texas" in the Atlanta Cyclorama. You could reap a tidy profit and turn the existing museum into a shrine to Ronald Reagan!
Tony Cain
April 07, 2014
Atlanta doesn't have any money for anything, except a new football stadium. And Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed is busy right now. He will become engaged to his girlfriend, so he says. She is expecting his baby.
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