The Fort Smith Board of Directors will revisit the idea of possibly reducing the Convention Center's budget during a discussion Tuesday.
Tim Seeberg, general manager of the Convention Center, and Claude Legris, executive director of the Advertising and Promotions, will be at the board's study session to give a report on the Convention Center's finances and performance.
At-large Director Tracy Pennartz had suggested that the city cut its $777,000 subsidy planned for this year to the Convention Center by 10 percent, making it $699,300. When Legris and Seeberg met with the board at its Feb. 13 study session, she said she was not pleased with the lack of information provided.
While the Convention Center generates about half of its own funding through rentals, ticket sales and concession sales, about half of the convention center’s funding comes from the city. How much of a subsidy from the city the Convention Center receives is decided on an annual basis, and the subsidy comes out of the general fund. Money in the general fund can essentially go anywhere with board approval.
The Convention Center's carpeting is "dilapidated and in disrepair," according to a presentation that will be provided to the board. A three- to four-year phased replacement program that will cost $250,000 is to begin this year. Replacing the 17-year-old banquet chairs is expected to cost about 300,000. Replacing the mobile scissor lift is expected to cost $15,000 to $35,000, while upgrades to the Performing Arts Center's lighting and sound system is expected to cost $200,000 to $250,000.
The Board of Directors' study session will be noon Tuesday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave.