Biloxi Mayor, A.J. Holloway, vetoed a City Council proposal that would have made additional monies available to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.
Holloway said other agencies and beneficiaries needed to live withing the 20% expenditure cut and the museum should be no different.
The City Council had voted 7-0 to pay $18,400 to fully restore seafood museum funding that had been cut by $18,400 a year ago. The veto can be over-ridden with 5 favorable votes.
Said Holloway, ‘I cannot sit by idly and not raise questions about these issues. There should be results; and there must be accountability where public tax dollars are being spent. Make no mistake: privately-managed museums in Biloxi have evolved into multi-million-dollar endeavors that have come to expect a growing level of public funding.
Furthermore, my support of this museum dates back to its origin in the 1980s. I frequently hauled tables and chairs and helped set up for the annual drawdown. I helped locate door prizes or food donations, and worked in the seafood museum kitchen to help prepare food for the drawdown. I respect and appreciate those volunteers and supporters who carry on that tradition today.’
The council was trying to reverse a 20% cut that occured last year and give taxpayer money back to the museum this year.
Records show that everyone who needed to be aware of the funding reduction was aware of it. The museum management was aware of the 20 percent reduction when it was made a year ago. In fact, at the time, museum leaders asked the administration to allow the monthly payments to continue at the $7,000 per month rate instead of the being reduced to $5,600 a month.
The administration agreed to do this, but warned the museum that funding would be exhausted about nine months into the year since the council had decreased funding.
Holloway, in his previous comments several weeks ago, advised that the museum administration should look elswhere for private funding and ‘implied’ that the city would not be a money bucket for every project in the city.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, knotmove.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast Restoration Region, Gulf Coast Political Buzz and press pool reporter for the British Petroleum Recovery Program.
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